Following the closed door meeting with between President Muhammdau Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo after which the latter told newsmen that he had come to deliver messages from Liberian and Gambian Presidents as well as caution the President on the issue of the 2016 budget padding, the Senate yesterday said it was not interested in joining issues with the former President.
Vanguard reports that Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi said in a text message that “Senate has no Comments.”
However, Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Matthew Urhoghide has said former President Olusegun Obansanjo must apologize to the Senate for his denigrating comments.
He said: “I believe former President Obasanjo has premised his denigrating comment on the on-going sordid accusations on 2016 budget between Hon Abdumumuni Jibrin, the erstwhile Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations and the leadership of the House of Representatives.
What is going on in the media is indeed disgraceful if actually the mentioned House members did the padding of the 2016 budget. I and others in the Senate deserve and demand unreserved apology from Chief Obasanjo for casting aspersions and denigrating our individual integrity and the institution we represent.”
Also, Chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu in his reaction, said: “The way former President Obasanjo is going about the whole thing is not good. He is an elder statesman and a father to all of us and with this position in the society, he should invite the leadership of the National Assembly, raise issues with them and advise where necessary.
He should be able to manage the situation by advising both the Executive and the Legislature. He is a father to all, he should not blow up issues at the moment. We all need one another for the development and growth of this country.”
Meanwhile, Senate deputy Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha on his part said if anyone should condemn others on corruption, it shouldn’t be Obasanjo as he “lacks moral authority to speak on corruption.”
Written by Olufunke Edidi
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