The National Assembly [NASS] has acted on the reported allegation of the former president of Nigeria, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, having labeled the national legislators rogues and theives. According to the information received by 247ureports.com the House of Representative Speaker, Hon. Tambuwal while presiding over a recent seating of the House refered the matter to the committee on ethics and privileges for investigation. It is recalled that on Tuesday May 22, 2012, Gen. Obasanjo questioned the kind of laws the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly make given that there are “rogues and armed robbers” in them.
As gathered, the ccommittee chairman on ethic and privileges, Gambo Dan Musa [CPC, Katsina] and his deputy Tobi Okechukwu were charghed with investigating and subsequently quizing the former head of state, Obasanjo by no coincidence. The members of thye NASS who spoke to our corespondent hinted that the chairman of the committee was “no friend of Obasanjo” while adding that the House Committee is anxious to invite the for president to the national assembly to answer to questions and to point out the rogues and theives among them.
While at a conference of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies in Lagos on Tuesday, Obasanjo stated specifically that “Integrity is necessary for systems and institutions to be strong. Today, rogues, armed robbers are in the state Houses of Assembly and the National Assembly. What sort of laws will they make?”
The Senators did not take Obasanjo’s statements lightly. They have asked asking to specifically name the rogues and robbers in the National Assembly. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP, Abia South), told journalists at the National Assembly in Abuja that it would be good for Obasanjo to mention names so that the National Assembly would “sanitise” the system.
“The National Assembly has a great respect for the person of the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, and we can never engage him in any talk-back. We just feel that he would help the National Assembly and Nigeria, in the spirit of transparency and openness, by naming those he knows in the National Assembly as rogues and robbers. If he does that, it would help us in sanitising the polity. We appreciate his role in the country, but we would further appreciate him and others who are concerned about Nigeria if they can let us have whatever information they have to check ourselves,” stated the Senator – who is also the chairman of the Committee on media.