The House of Representatives has
lashed out at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, calling him the grandfather of corruption
after describing the national assembly unnamed rubbers
The Reps described Obasanjo as the
most corrupt Nigerian that ever held a public office; adding that he, however,
saw himself as the only clean human being.
Specifically, the House called
Obasanjo the “grandfather of corruption” in Nigeria.
It added that a reason Obasanjo
would never like the members of the National Assembly was the fact that they
foiled his third term ambition in 2007 after taking his money and displaying it
publicly to put him to shame.
The House accused Obasanjo of
churning out outright lies and mischievous innuendos against the National
On Wednesday, Obasanjo had attacked
the National legislatures on several fronts, including their
salaries/allowances and the alleged diversion of constituency projects.
He had stated, “Once you are a
member, you are co-opted and your mouth is stuffed with rottenness and
corruption that you cannot opt out as you go home with not less than N15million
in a month for a senator and N10m a month for a member of the House of
Representatives. The National Assembly is a den of corruption by a gang of unarmed
“If the judiciary is being cleaned,
what of the National Assembly, which stinks much worse than the judiciary?
Budget padding must not go unpunished.
“It is a reality, which is a
regular and systemic practice. Nobody should pull the wool over the eyes of
Nigerians. Ganging up to intimidate and threaten the life of a whistle-blower
is deplorable and undemocratic.’’
But, speaking through its Chairman,
Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, the House said
Obasanjo first introduced corruption to the legislature in 1999 when he felt he
must bribe legislators to have his way on every issue.
On corruption, Namdas noted,
“Undoubtedly, former President Obasanjo is understandably angry with the
National Assembly as an institution, having foiled his ambition for a third
term in office even after trying to corrupt the members with a bribe of at
least N50m each.
“Lest we forget, the person who
introduced corruption to the National Assembly is Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. He
birthed the 4th Republic National Assembly with corrupt practices from day one;
indeed the first day of the Republic.
“He bribed the PDP, ANPP and AD
legislators on their inauguration in 1999 to vote against the majority
candidate of the PDP, (the late) Dr. Chuba Okadigbo. That was how Senator Evan
Enwerem became the Senate President.
“Have we forgotten the sacks of
money displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives, being bribe money
paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some honourable members to impeach the Rt.
Hon. Speaker, Ghali N’abba?
“Have we forgotten that Chief
Olusegun Obasanjo used his position as President to extort businessmen and
contractors to build his presidential library?
“The list of his corrupt acts while
in office is endless. Unquestionably, he is the greatest corrupt person ever to
hold office in Nigeria. He remains the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and
lacks the moral authority to discuss corruption or abuse of office in Nigeria
as he remains the most corrupt Nigerian on record.”
On the allegation of budget padding
and abuse of constituency projects, Namdas said the former President, like
other Nigerians, should appreciate the responsibilities of the legislature,
which he claimed needed additional funding.
He explained, “He claimed that the
National Assembly’s budget is very high, when by all standards, the National
Assembly is grossly underfunded and is hampered from effectively and
legitimately carrying out its constitutionally-assigned functions.”
The House also observed that
Obasanjo had started attacking President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that he was
on a familiar path of discrediting any government that would not do his
“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. Muhammadu Buhari, he did the same to
Gen. (Ibrahim) Babangida; and he attempted to bring down (the late) Gen. Sani
Abacha before he imprisoned him for treason.
“He made frantic efforts to derail
the government of (the late) President Musa Ya’Ardua when he couldn’t use him.
He supported President Goodluck Jonathan, but when he refused to take his
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.”
Calling the former President a “blackmailer”, the
House noted that all the issues he raised against Buhari publicly could have
been discussed privately with the President since he had unfettered access to
The Senate on Thursday kept mum on Obasanjo’s
recent verbal attack on the National Assembly.
Several leaders and members of the
upper legislative house declined to reply the ex-President.
The Majority Leader, Senator Ali
Ndume, who described Obasanjo as a father, said the ex-president would not be
engaged in a media war.
He said, “I don’t want to take
issue with my father. You cannot take issue with your father on the pages of