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Obasanjo Calls For Probe Of Budget Padding By Lawmakers
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called for thorough investigation into the allegation of budget padding by the leadership of the Federal House of Representatives.
He expressed this opinion while speaking with journalists after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state house on Monday.
Obasanjo said that the allegations buttressed his statement that the National Assembly is made up of a bunch of corrupt lawmakers, and advised the President to be careful with the legislators.
“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,” the former president said.
The ex-president said he was in the villa 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 added
Recall that former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin had accused the House principal officers, including the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, of having hijacked the budget screening process from the appropriation committee, only to insert all manner of bogus items into the document.
The house member from kano had released a detailed statement on Sunday in which he made some startling revelations against the Speaker of the house, His Deputy Yusuf Lasun, House Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor.
Read Abdulmumin Jibrin’s Statement Here