Reps to summon Obasanjo over comments on legislators

Reps to summon Obasanjo over comments on legislators

The House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and Privileges has been directed to investigate credited t former President Olusegun Obasanjo, where he allegedly described the lawmakers rogues and the National Assembly a den of armed robbers.

The directive followed a motion under matters of privilege raised by the House Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila (ANPP, Kano) who drew the House attention to the stories in some national of Wednesday, May 23, 2012 that quoted the former president as describing members of the National Assembly as robbers.

Speaker Aminu Bello Tambuwal, had to intervene to stop his colleagues from taking on the former president. He instead referred the matter to the committee on ethics and privileges for investigation, pointing out that the former did not hit only at the legislature, but roundly condemned the judiciary, which he also accused of corruption.

The committee is expected to summon the former president to justify the veracity of the allegations credited to him.

Speaking in Lagos at the 4th annual conference of the Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies, Nigeria (AES) on Tuesday, Obasanjo was quoted as saying “the diligence that was undertaken by political leaders before they are allowed to contest for election into the National Assembly is not done again.

“Armed robbers are in both the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly. Then what sort of law are they making for the development of this country?”