I’ve Been Vindicated – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said he is having the last laugh concerning the verbal war between former Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin and House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara over allegations of budget padding.
Obasanjo, who visited President Muhammadu Buhari, Monday, said he have been proved right in his accusation sometime ago that the National Assembly was fouled with corrupt members.
Reacting to the ongoing scandal around the 2016 budget in the House of Representatives, Obasanjo said people who did not believe what he said about the Assembly in the past should now believe him since “what has come out confirms what I said in the past, then you can say what I said in the past is what I will say now.”
The ex-President reiterated his earlier position in 2012 that rogues and armed robbers filled the legislature.
Obasanjo while attending the Fourth annual conference of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies in Lagos had said then: “Integrity is necessary for all systems and institutions to be strong. Today, rogues, armed robbers are in the States Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly. What sort of laws will they make?”
Fielding questions from State House Correspondents on Monday, Obasanjo repeated that the National Assembly stinks.
He urged Nigerians to vote credible people in the parliaments, advising President Buhari to be wary.
He said: “Well, if you said that I have said it in the past and if they are people who didn’t believe what I said ‎in the past then you now say that what has come out confirms what I said in the past, then you can say what I said in the past is what I will say now. ‎
“Is not question of investigation, we should get men and women of integrity in the place and the President should be very vigilant, whatever should not pass should not pass”, he said
The two leaders met behind closed-doors after which Obasanjo told journalists he visited the President to deliver messages he brought from abroad.
Obasanjo, on reasons for his visit said, “I am visiting this time because I have some messages for the President.”
The former President said he recently travelled to Liberia and Gambia.
“I have messages that these two countries will want me to deliver to the President,
“Also, only yesterday I came back from Seychelles Island where I attended this year’s Annual General meeting of Africa Export Development Bank. And there are aspects of the proceedings that I think I should update the President on,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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