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Obasanjo Exposed National Assembly to Corruption –Senator Melaye

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja

The letter written to the leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has started raising dusts in the polity with Senator Dino Melaye (APC Kogi West) accusing the former President of exposing NASS to corruption.

Dino who reacted to the letter through a statement issued on Thursday described Obasanjo’s action through the letter as misplacement of anger.

He said though he has tremendous respect for the former President, but if the truth must be told, Obasanjo’s letter to the 8th National Assembly on issue of corruption, introduced by himself to the 4th Assembly , was uncalled for, moreso, when the 8th Assembly and in particular, the 8th Senate, has nothing to do with corruption.

He added that though he is against corruption anywhere in Nigeria, but will not support accusations based on anger and vindictiveness.

The letter reads: “I have tremendous respect for president Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo. Elder statesman, respected pan Africanist and committed patriot. I went through the letter written to all Senators and members of the House of Representatives. 

“The letter I can see, is a misplacement of anger. Our leader is mistaken the 8th National Assembly as the same Senate Assembly that defrauded him in 2007. Those who collected his money and refused to implement the 3rd term agenda. I appeal to baba that we are not the ones please. 

“After 9 years of that bribery saga, the first of its kind, I expect forgiveness to have taken place. There was the case of bribery introduced by the obasanjo regime in the desperate attempt to remove speaker Ghali Umar Na’abba from office then. In fact, there was open display of that bribery money on the floor of the house. 

“That government exposed the National Assembly to corruption and easy money. I hope this is not in an attempt to cover up and distract attention from the Halliburton and Siemens corruption allegations.

“While I am against corruption anywhere in Nigeria, I will not support accusations based on anger and vindictiveness. The 8th Senate should also look inwardly and purge herself of all the deliberate misgivings of the past. Nigeria must work and we must support the anti-corruption stand of the Buhari Administration.”

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