The House of Representatives on Thursday replied former president, Olusegun Obansanjo, saying the ex-president’s recent statements are aimed at bringing down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obasanjo had at a lecture in Lagos on Wednesday maintained his position that the National Assembly was deeply corrupt and that the House was threatening the life of the suspended former chairman of its appropriation committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, who exposed the corruption perpetrated in the 2016 budget.
However, addressing a press conference, House spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas (APC, Adamawa), accused Obasanjo of being a mischief maker and a life time opposition leader, who blackmails every government that he is not part of.
Namdas also said that as far as the House was concerned, Obasanjo introduced corruption in the House the first day he assumed office as president in 1999 and that the former president is the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria.
“It is unfortunate that he has started his very familiar method of bringing down governments. He did it to Alhaji Shehu Shagari, he did it to Gen. Buhari, he did same to Gen. Babangida, he attempted to bring down Gen. Abacha before he imprisoned him for treason; he made frantic efforts to derail the government of President Ya’ardua when he couldn’t use him. He supported President Goodluck Jonathan but when he refused to take dictation, he turned against him. He supported President Buhari, but since he has sensed that Nigeria is having economic difficulties under him, he has pounced to derail his government.
“The way Chief Obasanjo talks gives the impression that he is a lifetime opposition leader who has never held any office. What did he do about the issues he raised in his 8 years as President?
“We have repeatedly maintained that there was no “padding” of the 2016 Appropriation Act, which is a legitimate document passed by the National Assembly, authenticated by the Clerk to the National Assembly as provided in the Acts Authentication Act and assented to by Mr. President. It is most unfortunate that a former President of Chief Obasanjo’s stature would allow himself to be hoodwinked and procured by a renegade member of the House, who embarked on massive propaganda and lies just because he was removed from office.
Namdas, who said the House would ordinarily not join issues with Obasanjo, said all the ex-president’s allegations on the National Assembly were outright lies and misstatement of facts.