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Senate blasts Obasanjo over padded budget comments

26 July 2016, 13:01

Abuja - The Senate has reacted to comments credited to former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the padded 2016 budget, Vanguard reports.

Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, PDP, Edo South said that the former President must apologize profusely to the Senate.

"What is going on in the media is indeed disgraceful if actually the mentioned House members did the padding of the 2016 budget. I and others in the Senate deserve and demand unreserved apology from Chief Obasanjo for casting aspersions and denigrating our individual integrity and the institution we represent.”

Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, tongue-lashed Obasanjo, saying that if anyone should condemn others on corruption, it must not be Obasanjo. In a text message to Vanguard, Senator Bwacha said Obasanjo “lacks moral authority to speak on corruption.”

Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, PDP, Imo East, said “The way former President Obasanjo is going about the whole thing is not good.

"He is an elder statesman and a father to all of us and with this position in the society, he should invite the leadership of the National Assembly, raise issues with them and advise where necessary.

"He should be able to manage the situation by advising both the Executive and the Legislature. He is a father to all, he should not blow up issues at the moment. We all need one another for the development and growth of this country.”

The former President according to News24 on Monday advised President Muhammadu Buhari against releasing funds meant for constituency projects to federal lawmakers.

Obasanjo said shortly after visiting Buhari at the Presidential Villa that the current crisis in the House of Representatives confirmed his allegation that there were thieves in the National Assembly.

The former president spoke as the rift between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, intensified.

Jibrin is accusing Dogara and leaders of the lower legislative chamber of padding the 2016 budget.

Obasanjo said on no account should Buhari release any money in the name of constituency projects to the National Assembly.

The former president said Nigerians should continue to protest the move by federal lawmakers to use the budget to illegally enrich themselves.

- News 24


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