Obasanjo Is Most Corrupt Nigerian – Ghali Na’abba

Former Speaker of House of Representatives, Ghali
Na’abba on Sunday hit back at former President Olusegun
Obasanjo who recently reiterated his position that, National
Assembly is full of corrupt people.
Na’abba who was Speaker of the green chamber during
President Obasanjo’s first tenure said, no Nigerian is more
corrupt than the former President.
The former Speaker who stated this while fielding questions
from newsmen, also said that, the controversial budget
padding could not have been achieved without backing of
some members of the executive arm.
Speaking further on the allegation of corruption by the
former President, Na’abba said, Obasanjo should explain to
Nigerians how he became one of the richest Nigerians after
leaving office, when he had virtually nothing before he
assumed office.
According to him, ” I don’t think there is anybody that is
more corrupt in this country like the former President. I
believe you are talking about the former President Olusegun
“As the Speaker, I took Obasanjo on on various expenditure
offences which he committed, which he could not defend
and didn’t show any remorse. In fact, that is why
sometimes in 2002, the National Assembly tried to impeach
“So, he has not got the integrity to call anybody corrupt.
This is a man who became the president with nothing, today
he is one of the richest Nigerians. Let him explain to
Nigerians how he acquired all these wealth,”Na’Abba said.
On the alleged sharing of money during tenure elongation to
members of the National Assembly, Na’abba said: “I am
aware that, during the tenure elongation attempt of
Obasanjo, money was shared to the members of the
National Assembly. It was alleged that, the Senators
collected N50million, House of Representatives members
collected N40million. But I also know that, it was not all the
members that collected this money. Some of them
collected, some of them did not. But, I am aware that
money was shared.”
On padding row in the House of Representatives, Na’abba
said, if items of expenditure were actually added without
knowledge of other members of the house, it amounts to
padding, which according to him is illegal.
Reacting to the insinuation by the Speaker Yakubu Dogara
that padding was not an offence, Ghali Na’abba said, “It all
depends from what angle one is looking at it. The
responsibility for appropriation in this country belongs to
the National Assembly, So, there is no way that the National
Assembly can vote anything and it will be called padding.”
“If you are talking about padding, which I believe is
generally accepted to be illegal, it must be a situation
whereby certain members of the National Assembly will add
certain items of expenditure behind their colleagues. If any
item of expenditure is added behind other members, then
that item can be said to be illegal and it can be called
padding, the former Speaker stated.

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