Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, has said
there is no need to investigate the allegations and
counter-allegations of the 2016 budget padding in
the National Assembly, Daily Trust reports.
Obasanjo said this in reaction to the current budget
padding accusation and counter accusation
between the leadership of the House of
Representatives and Abdulmumin Jibrin, the
sacked chairman of the House of Reps
The ex-president speaking to State House
reporters on Monday, July 25, shortly after meeting
behind closed-doors wirt President Muhammadu
Buhari said the country should rather get men of
integrity in the federal parliament.
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He said: “It’s 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.”
“Well, if you said that I have said it in the past and
if there are people who didn’t believe what I
said in the past then, you can now see that what
has come out confirms what I said in the past.
Then what I said in the past is what I will say
now,’ ‘ he added.
The Nation reports that the former president also
said the recent happenings concerning the 2016
Budget scandal in the National Assembly have
On his visit to the Villa, he disclosed that he went
to deliver some messages to the president.
“Not too long ago, I was in Liberia and Gambia and
I have messages 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,” he said.
Adulmumin Jibrin, who was removed as the
chairman of the committee last week, has revealed
more shocking details on how 10 standing
committees secretly injected
constituency projects worth N284 billion into the
2016 budget without the knowledge of the House.
He also claimed that the speaker, Yakubu Dogara,
allegedly convinced him to ship over N20 billion
into the budget through Service Wide Vote.