Budget padding vindicates my criticism of N’Assembly, says Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday said the ongoing revelation by a former Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on budget padding in the National Assembly, had proved him right.

The former President spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Obasanjo, who had earlier described the lawmakers as “armed robbers and rogues,” said the best way out of the current mess was to ensure that only men of integrity were elected into the National Assembly

The former President also said he was sure that those who did not believe him when he made his earlier statements would now do so with the fresh revelations from the House.

“Well, if there 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, I can say that what I said in the past is what I will say now,” Obasanjo added.

When asked if he would want an investigation into the revelations, the former President said the way out was to elect only men of integrity while the President himself should be vigilant in dealing with the lawmakers.

“It is not a question of investigation. We should get men and women of integrity into the place and the President should be very vigilant; whatever should not pass should not pass,” he noted.


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