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Saraki replies Obasanjo over corruption allegations

28 January 2016, 16:01Lekan Oladeinde

Abuja - Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Thursday replied former President Olusegun Obasanjo over allegations that members of the National Assembly are corrupt.

Saraki, who is also the Chairman of the National Assembly, was responding to a letter from Obasanjo to the leadership of both chambers, accusing the federal lawmakers of corruption and extravagant wastage of the nation’s resources despite the harsh economic challenges facing the country, 

Obasanjo had in the letter said Senators and members of the House of Representatives have been receiving huge sums as constituency allowances despite the fact that most of them did not have functional offices in their various senatorial districts and constituencies.

Also read: Obasanjo attacks National Assembly members

Saraki’s response was contained in a statement signed by him and released by his media office on Thursday.

The statement reads: 

Yesterday, I acknowledged that I received a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo in which he called the attention of the National Assembly to some issues.

I will want to assure President Obasanjo that the leadership and membership of the 8th Senate are committed to good governance, transparency, accountability, due process and responsiveness to the economic reality of our nation.

It is for this reason that the legislative chamber has introduced bold and progressive reforms in the management of the finances of the National Assembly.

This is of even greater importance during a tough fiscal period for our country. Like I said during my closing address at the plenary after our debate on the 2016 Budget, the Senate must lead by example in terms of our own funding, budgets and accountability – showing, beyond doubt, value for money.

I have canvassed that we must lay bare the budget of the Senate, nay the National Assembly and its affiliated institutions.

I equally canvassed the need to strengthen the capacity of the legislative institution to carry our effective oversight of the executive arm so that we can ensure the budget leads to the realization of the policy objectives of the Buhari Administration.

Again, let me reiterate my position in the speech I made this morning on the need for us to work towards blocking all areas of revenue leakages while also strengthening the anti-corruption agencies so that the little resources that are now available will serve the interest of the overwhelming majority.

As a former President and a father of the nation that we all hold in high esteem, I intend to reply the letter and outline the actions the Senate is taking to address his concerns.

In conclusion, I appreciate President Obasanjo for his consistent role in always reminding those of us in government about our responsibilities to the general public and offering timely advice where necessary.

- News 24


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