Corruption Allegation: You lied, Senate hits back at Obasanjo

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Joseph Erunke
ABUJA—THE Senate yesterday tackled former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over his allegation that the National embly was using constituency projects to siphon public funds, saying the former president was out to denigrate the sanctity of the parliament.

The Senate also claimed that it was Obasanjo’s administration which approved that the constituency projects be built into the national budget which was executed by the executive and challenged Obasanjo to furnish Nigerians with details of how the National embly members became executors of the national budget, rather than being law makers.

Chief Obasanjo had on Wednesday during a book launch in Abuja, accused the federal lawmakers of corruption. He said: “Apart from shrouding the remunerations of the National embly in opaqueness and without transparency, they indulge in extorting money from departments, contractors and ministries in two ways. They do so during visits to their projects and programmes and in the process of budget approval when they build up budgets for ministries and departments who agree to give it back to them in contracts that they do not execute. They do similar things during their inquiries.”
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