Reps hit back at “greatly corrupt” Obasanjo, say ex-president plotting to derail Buhari’s govt

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The Nigerian House of Representatives on Thursday described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the “most corrupt” Nigerian on the record.

The lawmakers said the “greatly corrupt” and “morally bankrupt” former leader is effectively plotting to derail the government of Muhammadu Buhari in the same manner he allegedly did to successive presidents since 1979.

“It is unfortunate that he has started his very familiar method of bringing down governments,” House spokesperson, Abdulrazak Namdas, said in a statement Thursday.

“He did it to Alhaji Shehu Shagari. He did it to Gen. Buhari. He did same to Gen. Babangida. He attempted to bring down Gen. Abacha before he imprisoned him for treason.

“He made frantic efforts to derail the government of President Ya’ardua when he couldn’t use him. He supported President Goodluck Jonathan but when he refused to take dictation, he turned against him.

“He supported President Buhari, but since he has sensed that Nigeria is having economic difficulties under him, he has pounced to derail his government,” the lawmakers said.

The House was responding to the former president’s stinging criticism of the level of corruption in the National Assembly.

At a forum on Wednesday, Mr. Obasanjo said the National Assembly had become “a den of corruption” controlled by “a gang of unarmed robbers.”

The former president also backed the campaign of Abdulmumin Jibrin, a whistleblowing lawmaker who was suspended in September.

Mr. Obasanjo also called on President Buhari to end the corruption in the National Assembly with a clampdown similar to the one against senior judicial officers last month.

“If the Judiciary is being cleaned, what of the National Assembly which stinks much worse than the Judiciary?” Mr. Obasanjo queried.

The House responded to the attacks on Thursday afternoon through its spokesman, Mr. Namdas.

Mr. Namdas said Mr. Obasanjo lacked the moral authority to speak against corruption, adding that his allegations were devoid of any credibility.

“He remains the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and lacks the moral authority to discuss corruption or indeed abuse of office in Nigeria,” Mr. Namdas said in a statement.

Mr. Namdas said Nigerians would not forget in a hurry the loads of cash Mr. Obasanjo allegedly bribed members of the House of Representatives to impeach a former Speaker, Ghali Na’Abba.

“Have we forgotten the sacks of money displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives being bribe money paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some honourable members to impeach Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’Abba?” Mr. Namdas queried.


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  • Victor

    Lolz. These politicians are incredible. Obasanjo’s ‘lack of credibility’ notwithstanding, anyone of these honourables who wants to pursue higher office would one by one pay courtesy call to ‘papa Obasanjo’ praising him to high heavens. There is no limit to their shame. Friend today enemy tomorrow. Bastards.

    • Charles

      what does paying courtesy call got to do with the fact that Obsanjo is the god father of corruption? or does paying courtesy call to him remove the fact that he is corrupt.?

      • MO the Observer

        calling OBJ greatly corrupt removes the fact that house of rep is not corrupt… nawa o… mehn. so many of our youths sucks

        • Charles

          no it doesn’t, both are corrupt, so my position is that non of this corrupt parties should assume the position of a saint. Obasanjo is corrupt and both houses are corrupt.

      • Wale

        Think well; why pay a courtesy visit to a politically and morally corrupt fella?

    • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

      well said. thumbs up!!

  • persona

    “He remains the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and lacks the moral authority to discuss corruption or indeed abuse of office in Nigeria,”—– Mr. Namdas
    Oga Namdas, you alleged that he bribed to remove Ghali, so where is the money? Did the HOR member return it? If yes, who relooted it? If no, who was prosecuted? If successive HOR refused to probe such acts, does that mean they are likewise corrupt as OBJ alleged?
    If he is a grandfather, who are the children and grandkids? Politicians and economic elites are our problems in this country, the average Nigerian must identify them and expunge them before they further strangulate them.

  • na you be thief, i no be thief, na you be robber, i no be robber. ole lo mo ese ole to lori apata (it is only thief that knows the footstep of fellow thief on a rock)

    • Lanre

      Thank you jaare Omo Yooba gidi. Obasanjo has no moral authority to call anyone corrupt.

  • afam

    obasanjo may b corrupt but wat he’s saying abt corruption in NAS is true. Hse of Representative under d present gov of sokoto st ws more on d side of d people, than d present one. Conversely senate under David Mark ws far from d Nigerian people n only cared 4 itself. present senate under Sarki seem 2 b more on d side of d Nigerian people.Members across party line express views without minding whether it’s against Buhari govt…see Hw they constructive criticised MTEF…brot by Buharis economic team.

  • linkhadj.

    What OBJ said was something known by every Nigerian. No amount of mudslinging against him by the Fantastically corrupt legislooters will change our opinion. Nigerians have spoken through OBJ.

  • Rommel

    This reaction from the national assembly confirms that what OBJ said is correct,if they said he gave bags of money to them and it was accepted,this means the man knows what he is talking about and I support his call for purgation of the national assembly

  • Champ

    Make ona kill ona selves

    • Lanre

      Ha Ha. Good one. The poor man does not benefit when they are all alive. So how will their death/yamutu matter to anyone. Ole gbogbo. Bloody rogues and thieves all!

  • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

    The lawmakers said the “greatly corrupt” and “morally bankrupt” former leader

    effectively plotting to derail the government of Muhammadu Buhari in the same manner he allegedly did to successive presidents since 1979.

    the grandfather of corruption in Nigeria and lacks the moral authority to discuss corruption or indeed abuse of office in Nigeria

    “Have we forgotten the sacks of money displayed on the floor of the House of Representatives being bribe money paid by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to some honourable members to impeach Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ghali Na’Abba?”

    LOL. keep it coming guys. I hope Nigerians are reading and now their memories are coming back. Hope you can all start remembering OBJ’s atrocities. Those OBJ supporters here hope you guys can remember all this too.

    OBJ, the most evil Nigerian in history and the worst president and elder statesman in the history of this country

    • Lanre

      Thank you. Just like I predicted, the useless, jobless, spin doctors and paid hackers have started writing their jejeune articles on the “Bombshell” from Obasanjo. Goats never learn.

    • MO the Observer

      yes, we know this before, but is his accusation driven at house of rep wrong?

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        Nope he aint wrong. But neither are they wrong about him. he’s a thief too. And i dont take interest or get easily bamboozled by a known master thief who is calling his students thieves, thieves.

        • MO the Observer

          I’m glad you accept that he is right, so step are you planning to take so as to fight agaist this corrupt house of rep as a youth whose kids will soon grow up in this same Nigeria?

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            I am working on creating 5 companies like facebook, Oculus, CERN, Universal Robotics and GE that would create jobs for the youths, make billions so I can contest presidency one day, unite all waring Nigerian tribes and Fight corruption in a true, zero sentimental and more honest nature, because i dont believe Buhari generation and all those in politics today are honest well doing people.

          • MO the Observer

            Good.. This I ove to hear from my fellow Nigerian youths… not allowing all these old deadheads continue to play on our intelligence … we can together start the race now.. we need a unified platform man

    • amah sossy

      Obj remains the best president live or dead Nigeria ever had. His deeds speak for him. Remind of only three policies of made by every leader since independence that outlive them. For obj1- banking reform; 2, Cabottage law, 3-13% derivation, ; yar adua: 1- amnesty, 2? ;3-?; GEJ: 1- almajiri school, 2-? 3? . You must a devil’s advocate to call obj worst president. If you need more of his achievements I will help you with some: EFCC, NDDC, NIPP, GSM, Foreign debts settlement, decentralisation of Nigerian army equipments from kaduna to other cantonments.

      • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

        Those are achievements? lets add Corruption, impunity, looting by politicians and godfathrism. and i dont get the GSM talk. are you implying he brought GSM to the world? GSM was a new technology and even if a monkey fireant was our president at that point GSM would still have existed in Nigeria. Why didnt you all credit him with railways also? because he invented the train? Did you all ever hear the Americans say George W bush brought GSM to America or Tony Blair brought GSM to the UK? signing a GSM licence auction paper doesnt imply you brought it.

        • MO the Observer

          GSM is an achievement… do you know how many lives the advent of the use of GSM in Nigeria saved? GSM has been in use for donkey of years in other developed nations while we were still using cable land phones as designed for the rich alone, so that the poor will not be informed… but OBJ was courageous enough to make it work…do you know how many people die of road accident just to deliver an urgent message to their family members or from place of work ? my uncle fell the victim in late 90’s, just because he wants to deliver an urgent message to one of their branch office at Kaduna, knowing if they post letter, it will take forever to get there, so he went by road and died in an accident… if GSM never came to being, will you be here sharing ideas? my friend,show me people’s and countries achievements that is not driven towards adoption of other people’s inventories or idea…nothing is new… but acting right deserves commendations man.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            i believe you did not read my comments well. I said OBJ can not be credited with GSM because he didnt invent it. GSM services came to Nigeria in 2001 same time it came to over 75% of countries in the world. Its technology like internet and countries saw the GDP it would generate. FYI no Governments are being credited by its citizens globally with introducing of the internet and GSM to their countries. The network providers are credited with that. Only in Nigeria, a country that knows nothing about technology would credit a man who type writers were the most complicated technology in his time for GSM technology. so we can say Buhari is credited with self drive cars, Augmented displays and VR because Oculus was launched globally and came into Nigeria during his tenure. Abeg you guys started using ICT from 2003+. I have been using and working on ICT tech since the late 80″s so i know more about the history of the beginning of ICT.

          • MO the Observer

            You seem to be far from my point of view, my argument is, what if OBJ rejects the Y2K compliance? will the network providers force it on us? you seem not to know that we should have developed than this but sabotage has being our problem from time immemorial, but when a man stands his ground to make it work, he deserves the accolades appreciation… just like power supply, are you saying that our present poor electricity supply is not the hand work of saboteurs? let me open your mind, the reason why mobile phone has not being in use for a long time in Nigeria while other developed nations are already using it is because the then military regime see the use of phones as a means of getting sensitive information out to their oppressed subjects… that is why whenever coup is about taken, first thing they do is to shut down NITEL, radio and tv stations, next thing you hear is that a new government has taken over.. OBJ knew all this techniques, that was why he made that as his first assignment … Bro this is greatest achievement the government of Democratic rule has given we the citizens

          • Wale

            You’re watering the stone.

          • Mufu Ola

            GSM wasn’t in use for “donkey” years before Nigeria got in. It is different from mobile telephone that u may have in mind. GSM came about a few years before Nigeria got into the fray.It was an European invention that became operative in late 80s& only recently got popular even in US. Americans were using ‘mobile’.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            well said. Teach them jare.

        • amah sossy

          Before GEJ became president there were almajiri schools all over the place. But 65 among them that he upgraded became his achievements in chief for the North and Nigeria during the last campaign. So GSM is an achievement for obj.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            he only signed papers to auction a licence to start GSM services “in a corrupt way” (*555*1*). that *1* was 1% of your recharge money going into OBJ acct. The moment he left office MTN screwed him by telling Nigerians no need to use *1* whilst loading the credit. so GSM is no achievement of his. Do you know how many documents a President signs in a day. If you all say he walked personally to meet the network providers and invited them to Nigeria and made sure everything was made available for them to set up then we can give him some kudos. But this people came to Nigeria on their own and according to business law they must get the Govt’s approval to set up. all obj did was constitutional work. thats all. Thats his job as Mr president. Thats why i said even if a monkey/fireant/scorpion Duck breed was our president then, GSM would still have started on the same day it did under OBJ regime period.

        • MO the Observer

          You want more of Obasanjo’s achievements: How about getting rid of about $30 billion in debt? How about creating excess crude account and funding it to the tune of $20 billion, only for Yar’adua and GEJ to squander the money. How about consolidation of banks? I’m sure you are not too young to remember when banks will just go out of business and people simply lost all their savings. Obasanjo has done his own. Lets fight the corrupt NAS and HOR tooth and nail for better Nigeria.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            They told you we had a debt of $30B. Did you see the books? many of you really trust politicians right? politicians who looted and you believe their claims. Why dont you all ask, where did the $30B debt come from seeing as under military rule The IMF and world bank didnt give us any loan because of sanctions. i dont buy that debt repayment story because at that point we had nothing like FOI act. its what the corrupt lying OBJ and his finance minister says we should believe? Because he was the 1st democratic elected leader in over 20 years so certain changes must be made because we now have a parliament and educated people as SA to Mr president and not colonels as SA to military head of state. But with all the OBJ achievements you guys claimed to have happened, we still had massive poverty. Abeg one man in Singapore turned his country from 3rd world to 1st world in 8 years. OBJ didnt achieve that, but instead scammed you all. So you guys stop praising OBJ paid media lies and stories.

          • MO the Observer

            Bro, you make me wonder to read from you that the $30 debt was a scam, facts is on ground.. that aside, you using Singapore as your bedrock of argument against OBJ makes me see how well you are informed… Presently, Singapore’s population is 5,696,506 (7 million approximately)… can you use that small country which is not upto the population of Lagos to compare Nigeria? Nigeria presently is at the verge of 200m in population.. it is easy to build a small nation with small population, compare to a giant nation like Nigeria… sentiments in line with our differences in ethnicity, tribes, culture, and religion, and politics to mention few are factors that can slow a bigger nation like Nigeria down in terms if development.. which is what we are experiencing now.

            I will only bow to your take if you compare PH with Singapore.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            “”sentiments in line with our differences in ethnicity, tribes, culture, and religion, and politics to mention few are factors that can slow a bigger nation like Nigeria down in terms if development.”” Well said. Thank you so much. Those are the truth factors i want you all to acknowledge. So now you guy see the reason why you accredit OBJ with meaningless contributions even tho he failed in governance, those reasons above are also why GEJ failed and why even the so called “Saviour” Buhari cant fix this Nigeria as he promised and he too will fail. It is possible to change Nigeria to Singapore in 10 years. China was over 600m 30 years ago. But look at them today. 30 years later. My master thought me a few things about achievment “nothing is impossible”, “nothing takes 5 minutes”. About the $30b debt. since you believe him no problem. when i am president i will get the SSS to declassify the files so you can all know the truth.

          • MO the Observer

            If you become the PON(President Of Nigeria) , how do you intend fixing the country?

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            I have the solutions but cant share here. the solution is quite very simple. very very simple.

          • MO the Observer

            i just know that without restructuring our governance from the local government to the federal by making sure that each arms of government is revenue productive , and also set up strict laws against corruption, we shall continue to perambulate by economizing the truth which shall lead us to no profitable height

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            Ok let me share one with you, I will reduce the powers of the office of the president so Tribalism would end. and i will also remove the appointments of Service chiefs from the presidency, There are many things we need to change about the powers of Government and i will do that. I will make the office of the PON powerless and not attractive to Hausa, Yoruba ,Igbo, SS tribalism riddled bigots. Only people of merit would contest presidency.

      • Michael

        Well said. The morons will call him OBJ a hypocrite as though that means he is not articulating the truth. OBJ at least has the moral compass to challenge the crooks in the National Assembly and to point out that PMB is really not doing enough to fight corruption in the National Assembly. Kudos to OBJ!

        • MO the Observer

          confirm

        • sab

          Question is: did OBJ ask for third term? If he did, was that a crime against the Nigerian law and state or not? Again, did he ever attempt, at any point in time while in power, bribing NASS members with what has become famous as Ghana must Go? Did he ever sign any pact with the so-called Kaduna Mafia? If Yes, what could that be called? In as much as I respect him for his outspokenness, it is not morally fair for him to begin now to criticize the fruits of a tree he indeed planted. As for achievement, yes, give it to OBJ, GSM, in particular. As for EFCC, yes, good but then it was his personal army whose name sends fears into opponents’ ears. We saw how three or four house of assembly members were then impeaching state governors with his ‘army’ providing security.

          • Michael

            I can understand your frustration. I have always characterised OBJ as a wickedly clever man. In other words, unlike some other leaders we have had, he had the ability to turn this country around but failed to do so. He singularly fostered onto us Yaradua and GEJ. He is in effect a vehicle for both good and bad. That said I have to give him credit where credit is due: he at least knows right from wrong and I certainly don’t accept that he’s the baba of corruption. That’s just a perverse thing to say; the man who prosecuted his own minister of internal affairs Chief Sunday Afolabi, not to mention the IG of police another Yoruba man like him. He had charisma and was a real leader and by the way I’m yet to see PMB prosecute any of his own ministers.

          • So oju abe niko

            And to show how incredible gutsy of Obasanjo to prosecute Chief Sunday Afolabi. Chief Afolabi was one of the very few Yoruba supporters of OBJ and he was Obasanjo’s Senior at BBHS Abeokuta. Obasanjo actually call the fellow “senior” and continued to call him that even when Afolabi was his minister. This was a guy he respected enough to ask to pick any ministerial post of his choice.

          • Michael

            You’re right my brother. On the other hand the same OBJ set up a panel to investigate the collapse of Nigeria Airways when his friend General Olu Bajowa was the MD; but failed to implement the recommendations of the tribunal which indicted Bajowa; ditto with the Oputa panel set up by OBJ which then indicted IBB but OBJ did not even publish the full report. He seems to be someone who is pulled at one end by bad omens and the other by good omens. A force for good and yet always stopping short of being fully good.

          • MO the Observer

            I see OBJ as an expendable… only expendables(repented criminals) has the guts to go deep into te criminals den without fears… this I see him doing… most people are scared to voice out, even we the youths are worsening things, I expected a nation wide youth offensive approach to the corruption in line with budget padding revealed in the house of rep, but all we can criticize is an old man that is helping us to lash out the rightful alert, lets accept that OBJ use to be a corrupt leader, how about Oputa Charles(Charley boy) that led some youths to demand a better legislation? all what some of our useless youth could say is very heart breaking for me to start stating it here… 9ja youths I hail thee o

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            God bless you and your insight.. tell these blind supporters.

          • So oju abe niko

            Did he ever sign any pact with the so-called Kaduna Mafia? The answer is NO. The only reason you know about it is because he disclosed it. They approached all the presidential aspirants to sign a pledge, and he refused to sign it. The southern aspirant who came 2nd in the PDP presidential primary signed the pledge. And nobody worthy of notice has challenged his disclosure to date.

      • MO the Observer

        i subscribe to your notion with pride

      • Mufu Ola

        I don’t want to dwell into other “achievements” of OBJ but pls remove GSM from d list. If a goat was President of Nigeria, we would still have had GSM. The spectrum had already been allocated to Nigeria (080) during IBB regime by the originators of GLOBAL SYSTEM on MOBILE Telecomication aka GSM after payment.Bcos of political transition IBB had no time to launch it until Abacha came.Abacha awarded the licenses & the networks were about taking off when he died & when OBJ came he cancelled the licenses & started afresh. So OBJ did nothing extraordinary about us getting GSM.A goaty President would only need to sign licenses like OBJ did & bingo……

        • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

          Gbam. please tell them. God will bless you for education this halfwits on GSM. if you check most of them bought their first phones ever from 2004+. then They come here to argue with the people privileged to have been using these ict techs since the late 80’s.

          • amah sossy

            Obj gave us GSM not mobile line we had under IBB and abacha. Read little and you will discover the difference please. Don’t contaminate others with the ignorance virus. Google it please

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            i know more about Mobile telecoms technology ,more than anyone here. i was already programming on Linux, simbien and .net before C++, java, Ios and android etc.we invented supaskills to be used on coloured screen touch sensitive phones before GSM and smart phones where invented and the .com were giving to the public for consumption by the western military.

          • amah sossy

            If you know as you claimed why support someone with wrong information trying to mislead the people. Mobil telephony and GSM are two different communication technologies. You are now talking from both sides of the mouth. That doesn’t sound professional my guy.

          • VERITAS_ the rock of ages_

            Mobil telephony? i never remembered reading anything with such alphabets arranged into those words today.

          • amah sossy

            Just google it. It has been there since 1973 when it was discovered in USA. It is a different spectrum from GSM. Read more and Nigeria will be fine. A new version of it will be coming up next year 2017 in USA.

          • MO the Observer

            well, I was privileged to use cable land phone in the early eighties as my Dad was a 2nd lieutenant as a finance officer in the Army, so, when I talk about GSM as an achievement , you should hide your ignoramus fake pictured face in the mud, as you fail to realize what achievement is meant… the advent of GSM has brought a lot of development in 9ja .

        • amah sossy

          Only one reply: David mark ,the then minister of communication under IBB said mobile phone is not for the poor. Obj gave us GSM not mobitel license.

          • MO the Observer

            thank you, let them argue this, they seem to be unconscious that we have been long sabotaged to use GSM so that we will not be informed to stand against them with fast GSM information decimation

          • Mufu Ola

            David Mark was quoted out of context with that statement. He was talking of increasing phone tarriff by NITEL & reporters said it would be “hard” for subscribers. Then Mark replied that most people who use phone were rich people or corporate bodies & not poor people. So it would not affect the ordinary people. Trust the Nigerian Press. They twisted it to say David Mark says ‘phone is not for poor’. I was in school then, so followed every issue closely.

          • amah sossy

            Please dear, is mobitel telephony license given by both IBB /abacha administrations the same thing as GSM license?

          • Mufu Ola

            It is. Take a bet & take it to bank as collateral. Abacha gave out licenses. You can be very sure of that. Akeem Bello Osagie got one.Awujale of Ijebu’s brother got another. OBJ came & cancelled them.Go do the research.

        • MO the Observer

          mumu,listen to yourself, how many years did Abacha spent on the seat as Head of state? yet he never got it working,even though as you claim that IBB has done the necessary payment.. but OBJ made it work between to pace of 2 ears when he became president…. if you are informed enough, you will know that it takes a good heart to say no to sabotage

          • Mufu Ola

            Abacha had done his own by giving out licenses to about 5 companies then including NITEL. U don’t give license today & phone will roll out next week.Impossible! Those companies were getting ready to start rolling out when OBJ came & cancelled their licenses saying it wasn’t transparent. The affected suffered heavy losses & d cancellation was what snowballed into GLO coming late bcos of litigation. And that’s why there was nothing like “0801”. Bcos of d court case.

          • amah sossy

            Sorry guy, we had mobile telephone license during that period and not GSM. you do not need to lie to impress anyone here. We had m-tel network; mobi-tel and so on them. You can research back. The chagouris also had one . I can guaranty you that it was a different spectrum from the gsm. Had it been it was the same, Nitel needed not get new gsm license. Please stop lying as we are here to learn from one another and not spewing ignorance full with lies. Mobile telephony spectrum is different from GSM spectrum. Even in USA where mobile telephony emerged from since 1973 still operate on different spectrum. A new version of mobile telephony service (MTS) is coming out next year and you can go ahead and read about it. Just google it.

          • Mufu Ola

            Haba! Are u still arguing?? This thing didn’t happen 500 years ago! What Abacha gave out was GSM pls. IBB got the license for Nigeria.Go to MTN, Airtel, GLO offices & confirm. I don’t need to google what I know. If Google calls me Abraham instead of “Mufu” will I accept bcos I google it?

          • amah sossy

            Pivotal year of birth GSM in the world-1987; Multiple implementation strategy 1988-91. Birth of GSM in Nigeria 2001. Till 1994, gsm was not yet in Africa. MTN was founded in 1994 in South Africa; Econet founded by steve in Zimbabwe in 1993. Stop given wrong info. Nigeria was using mobile telephony till 2001 when GSM was introduced by OBJ. back your point with any verifiable info than i know which is not far from your mother’s kitchen.

          • Richard Wall

            Kudos my brother. You have a sound knowledge of history.

            Many ignorant Nigerians attribute the advent of GSM in Nigeria to OBJ, not knowing that Abacha’s government awarded GSM lcenses to at least two companies, i.e. Motophone, owned by the Chagoury’s, with its office at Ozumba Mbadiwe Street, Victoria Island ( I believe that is where Radisson Hotel is now located) , and Communications Investments Limited, owned by Mike Adenuga, with its office at Saka Tinubu Strreet, Victoria Island, right next to the NITEL office.

            The fact of the matter is that Motophone ( owned by the Chagoury’s) rolled out service as far back as at least 1998, using the prefix 099. However, subscribers could only make calls within the network, as the ” interconnectivity” agreements with other networks had not yet being finalised ( it was basically a test run, but it would have gone to the next level, if not that OBJ cancelled the licenses, because they had been awarded by his sworn enemy, Abacha, to his friends, the Chagoury).

            Subscribers were paying their bills at the defunct FSB International Bank ( now part of Fidelity Bank ).In fact, there were customised pay-in slips at FSB for Motophone customers.

            I do not know for a fact if CIL ( owned by Adenuga), rolled out services before its licence was revoked in 1999/2000, but I do know that it went to court over the termination of its license, which fact led to Adenuga’s late entry into the new GSM market during OBJ’s administration, this time using Glo.

            Keep up the good work my brother.

          • MO the Observer

            You try small, but you fail no be small.. let me open your shady mind bros, I believe in facts, not prejudices from a third party…General Sani Abacha issued about 30 licensees to companies to carry out GSM services in the country in what would go down in history as a phony deregulation process, as this was later cancelled to pave way for the most transparent process of 2001. The Abacha licenses were issued by fiat without recourse to due process or any market study and the licensees were mainly given to proxies and cronies of those in government at that time. Moreover, none of the recipient of those licenses had launched any network anywhere in the country.

            With the ascendance of President Olusegun Obasanjo and the appointment and inauguration of a new board of commissioners for the Nigerian Communications Commission, President Obasanjo cancelled the questionable previous GSM licensees and gave a go ahead for a transparent process while asking the former recipients to apply afresh and participate in the new auction process…
            This is a fact that everything from time immemorial as regards telecommunication before OBJ was fraud and classy

  • Lanre

    I am very happy to read this. For once someone telling Obasanjo to KEEP QUIET!

    • MO the Observer

      all you can point out is where people that are killing your future is using their as usual stupidity by to tell OBJ shut up? the Youths like you are the problem of 9ja… i pity you children

    • musa aliyu

      Keep quite?! U’re not serious

      • MO the Observer

        Dead, how is he not serious? by their statement we shall know them

    • amah sossy

      Very unfortunate to come across this statement in this forum designed for mature and patriotic minds. Did obj lie against the law makers? Do we need a Prophet or imam to tell us that corruption breeds in the national assembly ? Are you living in the moon? Our law makers are corrupt. It doesn’t matter who said it.

      • Charles

        Obasanjo is also greatly corrupt, no matter who said it.

    • Korede

      How did keeping quiet of obasanjo stop the looters from looting. Plz be factual. Obasanjo is saying the truth. Assembly of looters.

    • Man_Enough

      Crime flourishes when men who should speak, keep quiet.

  • MO the Observer

    with these reply to Obasanjo’s claim, i just accept 100% that the house of rep is very very corrupt. Problem dey naija o

  • Gary

    The Constituency projects scam started under OBJ. He did not stop it. Bribing legislators to pass bills, appointments and MDA budgets started under OBJ. He did not stop it.
    Bribing state assemblymen to remove Governors and “gadfatherism” thrived in the PPD under OBJ. He did not stop it.
    OBJ signed a secret accord with Northern leaders (the Kaduna Mafia) before he became the nominee for the PDP in 1999. Nigerians only learned of it after Ghali Na’aba disclosed it to keep him from running for a second term in 2003.
    OBJ, Tony Anenih and Ahmadu Ali presided over the practice of substituting candidates who won the PDP nominations with their own family members and friends.

    OBJ granted “amnesty” to corrupt Governors in exchange for their support and funding of his Third Term project. Atiku mobilized his loyalists in the NASS to defeat the agenda; for which he has earned the eternal enmity of OBJ.

    So when St. Obasanjo gets on the pulpit to rail against corruption in Nigerian politics, the people will do well to remind him of his contributions to the malaise.
    And lest we forget, we might have done better than the sickly Yar Adua, a good man taken advantage of by his ambitious and thieving wife and later succeeded by the hapless Goodluck Jonathan.
    OBJ arrogated to himself, the right to choose for the Nigerian people who should succeed him. A practice later adopted by all Governors in the country.
    So Oga OBJ, nice try but you cannot revise the history of your role in bringing the country to its present sorry state.

    • Lanre

      Thank you Gary. May you live long. Obasanjo is trying to pull wool over our eyes. I refuse to be a dolt.

    • MO the Observer

      Obasanjo is bye the way story, we all know how corrupt he is, but lets be aware of the present killers of our present and future.. which is the house of rep.. except you think you are benefiting from their loots… we ought to strife in unity with one voice agaainst the corruption that is towing deep in both the house of rep and NASS.. naija youths I hail thee o… you guys are good in analyzing constructively but your critical approach is so illogical..

    • mannir

      Thank you Mr Gary. You couldn’t be more correct. OBJ believes only in himself alone. But Nigerians know very well IBB, OBJ and GEJ are the root, steam and flower of corruption in Nigeria.

      • MO the Observer

        oga mannir, pack well, what do you have to say about the house of rep themselves?

      • abdul dull daura

        There was no recession while these ones you called were in power. Buhari = Recession?

        • MO the Observer

          so recession is a sudden birth? dullard abdul… recession is like an infant that must first be conceived before its birth…. that is if you understand my logical views

          • abdul dull daura

            Buhari spent 15 months from Jan 1984, we had recession. Maybe you were very young then or not born. Anyway, you are a witness to this recession, is it up to 15 months this time? Maybe the gestation period of an elephant is sudden.

          • MO the Observer

            Mr old man, you mean Shagari’s government was a transparent government in which everything was being done in the right sense that wouldn’t have led to recession? with all the massive looting of GEJ and his cohorts is never enough to put a nation on her kneels? I’m glad that even Okonjo said our present condition is to be blamed on GEJ, for he refuse to take advice during his prodigal son’s lavish life style when he was in power… dollar has being in the rising state right from GEJ, Buhari was just unfortunate to come into power at this time, although he has his own administrative and economical loopholes… but he is far better than Professor yam and goat… as the goat has finished all the yam for we humans to eat, you expect hunger not to be the order of the day pending the time a faithful and watchful farmer will plant and harvest new yam?

        • Powerlessconscious

          Yes but their style of govermment was not sustainable. and that is what called for today’s recession. I hope you know the meaning of sustainable?

    • Höly Wähala

      Respect!

      • Mufu Ola

        Where have u been?

  • musa aliyu

    Mr. Namdas, or whatever u call yourself? We, Nigerians don’t need an obasanjo to tell us u guys are useless andcorrupt. In fact, we don’t need any legislature. Go away with your legolooting

    • Charles

      we also saying that Obasanjo should go we don,t need him, he is useless and corrupt.

  • Comfortkay

    OBJ does not read newspapers, but he has people around him that will tell him everything the House of Rep spoke person said and he will shot back at his own time.
    Having said that there is no where in the world where law makers earn so much oil money like in Nigeria and do we really need this law makers? The founding fathers of Nigeria Politics are true to thier Ideology but today money is the reason why lawyers goes to politics.

    • sab

      But these lawmakers earned much more under OBJ than now. After all, under OBJ, Ghana Must Go was always flying in and out of NASS and that was outside the House members’ official entitlements.

      • Charles

        Good question

    • Charles

      Do you think there is anywhere in the world Obasanjo would have stolen so much and still talk and walk the street and just like you ask, do we really need Obasanjo?

      • Comfortkay

        Bros please ask him, Baba is almost daily on newspapers

  • OGK

    The noise is still not tight on the neck of Nigerians. By the time it is tightened, they would not need an OBJ to march on the National Assembly. I bet Bastille would be a child’s play.

    • Raphael

      That is just the way out. It is better to ignore these our sycophants who are using this platform to sow seed of discord instead of that of unity and progress. It is like they are being sponsored and funded by their godfathers – the legislooters. God will catch them very soon, both the principals and their agents.

      • Charles

        Who is your sponsor, Obathief?

    • Charles

      we will first march to ota farm.

  • NoSpinEd

    We throw the word “corruption” around without much introspection. Is there any segment of our society that has not long since been tinted by it? How does labeling Obasanjo “greatly corrupt” exonerate our “honorable” House of Representatives?

    • iwe paul

      And how does Obj labelling the house of representatives as a den of corruption exonerate the ‘ greatly corrupt’ Obasanjo? I maintain with every fiber in my body that Obj lacks the moral rectitude to accuse any one,including you,of corruption,unless you were not alive when he was our President.. Pot calling Kettle black!!

      • NoSpinEd

        I was not defending Obasanjo. I was simply pointing out that the House of Representatives response was a classic deflection.

        • zygote

          Very much as Paul is defending the House of representatives, but pointing out that Obasanjo is the most corrupt specimen alive

    • Charles

      and how does Obasanjo calling them corrupt exonerate Obasanjo as greatly corrupt.?

  • Man_Enough

    Truth is truth no matter who says it.

    • Charles

      Devil can also quote the Bible, abi?

      • Man_Enough

        Yeah sure. But that does not make the quoted portion a lie.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    OBJ was right, members of the national assembly are thieves, and the legislooters are also right, OBJ is their grandfather, they all belong to the same club, enemy club of Nigeria.

    • Emeka Femi Usman

      You spoke well

    • Charles

      You are great

  • LAGOSNEWS1

    nice play

  • LAGOSNEWS1

    HABBA

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  • Keen Observer

    I love this fight between the ”House of Legis-looters & The OBJ-gate.
    More of such fightings & rantings;- I know Baba evil genius (OBJ) will definitely fire back. Sure..! Shameless group of people who washes their dirty/stinky linens in the public but no sincerely upright leader has the guts & enough political-will to prosecute them (like the late Thomas Sankara did).

    • John

      Thomas Sankara was the people’s man in Burkina Faso. May his soul rest in peace. Balarabe Musa is another people’s man in Kaduna State, but the so-called call power that be never allowed him.

    • Charles

      Those that would have prosecuted them are corrupt themselves.

    • Noble

      Yes,like you, I too enjoy seeing them washing their lening in public. Carry on Over Burden Junk (OBJ) fight the Legis-booters.

  • bilax

    So the kettle calls the pot black…the pot also says the kettle is black…they argue back and forth…we know they are both black (very black). What is there to argue about? Let them expose themselves. Kudos to Black Obasanjo for opening the discussion.

    • Charles

      Great contribution.

  • John

    The issue here is corruption and not”trying to bring down President Buhari’s government” National Assembly members should face the issue on ground. I see the National Assembly as a resting place for some lazy people.

  • senatorojd

    Rofororo fight don start.

    Obj is not a saint neither are members of NASS. So they should keep exposing and insulting themselves, a NASS that is headed by a person that keeps shuttling between his seat and court seat or a HOR that is entangled in budget paddign mess.

    Abegggii make dem comot for road make we see signpost.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    OBJ……..The immoral grand-master of heavy corruption fighting his boys as usual !!

  • Decimator

    I have never seen a person or people perpetually bringing a case of his house being boggled for his insurance claims but persistently decline to identify or enlist the items that were stolen from his house, except the morally bankrupt self-acclaimed patriots of the enclave called Nigeria.

    If everybody is corrupt and clean at the same time yet everybody agrees that the country has been stolen dry by suspected unidentified thieves, would it not call for a common sense of instituting an audit of the National treasury for the past years of the countries existence as a fact check in identifying what is missing and under who’s watch.

    I personally challenge them all on that as a proof of their upright service to the over 170 million citizens of the country rather than sporadic and unguarded name calling here and there. Otherwise they can all permanently keep their mouth short on issues bordering on corruption as listening to their preaching is tantamount to receiving the Sermon on the Mount from Lucifer. Thanks

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  • tundemash

    The legislooters aren’t denying they are rogues; they are just claiming OBJ also stole so what stopped the legislooters from probing and getting the relevant agencies from prosecuting OBJ ?
    “I no be thief, you be thief. I no be rogue, you be rogue, I no be armed robber, you be armed robber” is the song from the lips of these shameless rogues !

    • St

      Confirm and on point