Obasanjo says National Assembly filled with

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday lashed out at the National Assembly and state houses of assembly as institutions filled with “rogues and armed robbers”, in a remark that is bound to rekindle the backlash that trailed a similar outburst once made by the ex- president.

The former president spoke in Lagos at the Fourth annual conference of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies; an event also attended by two former heads of state, Yakubu Gowon and Ernest Shonekan.

Speakers, including host Governor Babatunde Fashola and retired Chief Justice of the federation, Muhammed Uwais, discussed building strong structures and system for the nation bedeviled by the twin ills of corruption and inefficiency.

Mr. Obasanjo pointed out three institutions the legislature, judiciary and the police – as the nation’s most corrupt, but the lawmaking-making arm drew much of his  condemnation.

“Integrity is necessary for all 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?” he asked.

The former president’s reference to the lawmakers as corrupt in 2010 sparked anger from the legislators who passed resolutions condemning the remarks.

Mr. Obasanjo himself has been repeatedly accused of leading a selective anti-corruption fight during his eightyear term, targeting political opponents and protecting cronies. He has denied the allegation.

The charge peaked with the allegation that he passed billions of naira in Ghana-must-go bags to federal lawmakers in attempt to secure their support for a failed tenure elongation.

Former senate president, Ken Nnamani, who was in charge during the episode, confirmed the exchange of cash in a recent interview after Mr. Obasanjo had earlier in a television interview denied ever seeking tenure extension.

At the conference, the former president also spoke of a huge scale of corruption in the judiciary, a position supported by former Chief Justice, Mr. Uwais.

“The judiciary is also corrupt,” Mr. Obasanjo said. “During my tenure, many of the corrupt judges were removed, some are still there.

“If the judiciary becomes corrupt, where is the hope for Nigeria? Justice no doubt will go to the highest bidder. The judiciary did not see anything wrong with a former governor but the same set of evidence was used to convict him in the UK.”

That position was shared by Mr. Uwais who agreed corruption had long permeated the nation’s judiciary. “Without a strong judiciary, even if you have a strong economy, the economy will find it difficult to grow.

On corruption in the police, Mr. Obasanjo said: “The police are even the worst. Well I will not lament; I will only say “Let us understand our problem and emphasize the good ones.


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  • Aminu B.

    OBASANJO, UWAIS YOU ARE THE TWO BIGGEST CULPRITS. PLEASE YOU HAVE BOTH TAKEN OR TAKING RETURNS UPTIL TODAY, WE NIGERIANS ARE PATIENT PPLE BUT PLEASE STOP INSULTING US. BOKO HARAM THESE LOOTERS SHOULD BE YOUR PRIMARY TARGETS MAYBE THEY WILL KNOW JUSTICE CAN BE DONE IN THIS NIGERIA SINCE EFCC, ICPC ETC ARE FASHION PARADE OUTFITS!

  • M

    Obasanjo has spoken the truth. I’m sure a host of other theives and their hanger-on will fill this blog with critism of Obasanjo’s sincere assertions. I knew he was fighting a loosing battle when he setup EFCC because thieves will accuse him of selective procecution.

    Southwark Court in far away England echoed the same statement about the dismal state of our political appointees and judiciary process. Corruption ruins an economy and disposses the citizenry of any integrity they once had.

    If you are still doubting Obasanjo’s bletant admission, drive down the highbrow areas of Abuja and Lagos and see for yourselve what CORRUPTION HAS BUILT IN ALL IT’S GLORY. Most of the choicest properties are owned by “Civil Servant” or political appointees.

    Funny enough, on government payroll, you’ll be hard-pushed to find someone earning over N1m. Yet, most hundred of million naira properties owned by these rogues do not even have a mortgage on them. Infact, paid for in CASH. Whose cash you might ask? In these instances, Nigeria PLC are the “Magas” or “Mungus” in this case. Yahoo boys do come in different disguise that you’ll normally expect.

    I await the predictable response from those rogues in the House of Assembly & Reps. They will soon start their mud slinging exercise. Isn’t it ironic that a bunch of Dishonourable rogue who awarded themselves bigger jombo salaries than the American President cannot even guarantee the N20,000 ($133) a month minimum wage to Nigerians they are supposed to serve?

    Corruption will always predictably fight back…Right on queue!

  • Bulldozer Yola

    Obasanjo should tell that to his chickens and goats…It’s hypocrisy at its highest…shameless old man

  • dgtal

    The legacies he gave Nigeria!

  • Paul Esuga

    Spot on Baba, but you are CHIEF among thieves!!