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Obasanjo under fire over letter to National Assembly

29 January 2016, 12:36

Abuja - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has come under heavy criticism over his letter to the National Assembly, reports The Nation.

Obasanjo had in the letter accused federal lawmakers of reckless spending and insensitivity to the country’s economic downturn.

Obasanjo in the letter addressed to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, accused the federal lawmakers of allocating to themselves salaries and allowances that were far higher than what is specified for them by the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).

Also read: Obasanjo attacks National Assembly members

But federal lawmakers on Thursday expressed anger over Obasanjo’s letter, accusing the former President of always creating unnecessary tension and acrimony and heating up the polity.

Although the letter was not read on either chamber of the National Assembly, many of the members who spoke about the letter condemned and berated Obasanjo.

Senator Dino Melaye noted that  Obasanjo had no moral ground to scribble the letter he sent to the leadership of the National Assembly because he was the one who exposed federal legislature to corruption.

Melaye said Obasanjo’s claims in the letter were misplacement of anger.

Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Abdulrazak Namdas dismissed the letter as one probably meant for the lawmakers who served while Obasanjo was the President between 1999 to 2007.

Namdas said the House had respect for Obasanjo and would not join him in issues which did not concern it.

Read more at he Nation.

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