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Alleged Corruption: I’ll Reply Formerly, Saraki Tells OBJ

Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja

Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday, declared that he would formerly to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter in which the latter accused the lawmakers of corruption, impunity, greed and of repeatedly breaking the nation’s laws.

Saraki, who acknowledged receipt of Obasanjo’s letter, said that he was still studying the letter.

The Senate President, responding to inquiry on whether he was in receipt of the letter, confirmed that the said letter was presently on his table.

Speaking through his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki insisted that he would officially communicate the former President on the issues he raised.

“The Senate President has acknowledged that he has received the letter and that he would formally communicate the former president,” Olaniyonu said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Abdullahi Aliyu Sabi, however, refused to comment on the matter until his attention is drawn to the letter.

Sabi said that he was not aware of the said letter to the Senate President.

He, however, assured that if there was to be a letter, it would be communicated to senators through the Senate President.

He added that he would speak when such is done.

“As far as I am concerned, I am not aware of any letter to the Senate President from the former President. So, I cannot comment on what I am not aware of.

“We have a constitution on this country, and any communication to the National Assembly must follow the laid-down rules. So, like I said, when I am informed of the said letter, I can now speak,” he said.

In a letter dated January 13, which he addressed to the duo of the Senate President, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Obasanjo specifically accused the lawmakers of fixing and earning salaries and allowances far above what the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) approved for them.

Obasanjo also alleged that most of the 109 senators and 360 members of the House were receiving constituency allowances without maintaining constituency offices as the laws required of them.

Obasanjo was Nigeria’s President between 1999 and 2007.

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