No men of in­tegrity in N/As­sem­bly – Obasanjo

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Some­times I en­joy watch­ing Nige­ria's drama from faraway. I duly re­spect the for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo for his el­der states­man­ship and con­cern for the coun­try, but that won't shield me from saying what I strongly be­lieve is the bit­ter truth.

I dis­agree with any­one sug­gest­ing the aban­don­ment of probe, as Obasanjo clearly stated in the case of National As­sem­bly. He de­scribed the leg­is­la­tors as a gang of armed rob­bers and purely a bunch of crim­i­nals. He also urged Nige­ri­ans to be cau­tious and ex­tra vig­i­lant in elect­ing their reps. The sim­ple ques­tions I would like to ask the for­mer-Pres­i­dent is, should Nige­ri­ans wait till 2019 for them to put his ad­vice into prac­tice or should they re­call their rep­re­sen­ta­tives as en­shrined in the con­sti­tu­tion? If the for­mer is 'yes', then the so- called armed rob­bers would com­pletely rob the coun­try be­fore the end of their ten­ure. If the lat­ter is also 'yes', could Nige­ria af­ford to hold an­other elec­tion at the present hard times? Or could the im­pa­tient poor Nige­ri­ans that voted APC gov­ern­ment and re­posed their trust init, come out again and vote what is not mak­ing any sig­nif­i­cance in their re­spec­tive lives? Ei­ther way, the poor ci­ti­zens are al­ways the loser.

I am sorry to say, but Nige­ria would never come out of this mess till it in­vests in the future gen­er­a­tion, that is the youth. If not Baba Obasanjo, this trend of ques­tioned in­tegrity of lead­ers would con­tinue till the young men and women of to­day, are there to avenge what their pre­de­ces­sors did.

Let’s start en­gag­ing fresh and younger gen­er­a­tion be­tween 18-35years in de­ci­sion mak­ing, as that was the trend that Buhari and Baba Obasanjo fol­lowed to ar­rive where they are to­day. Engr Yusuf Da'awah daawah1@ya­hoo.com

I dis­agree with for­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo that the men in the National As­sem­bly shouldn't be in­ves­ti­gated over the re­cent al­le­ga­tions of the pad­ding of the 2016 bud­get. Ac­cord­ing to him, the so­lu­tion for the prob­lem is for Nige­ri­ans to re­place the law­mak­ers, whom he de­scribed as "rogues and armed rob­bers," with what he called "great men and women of in­tegrity." Hav­ing worked closely with such men in the National As­sem­bly be­fore, Obj is in­deed in a bet­ter po­si­tion to judge them bet­ter than many of us. How­ever, it must be noted that these honourable mem­bers are a re­flec­tion of the Nige­rian so­ci­ety to­day - thanks to our past lead­ers who most of us are al­ways ea­ger to em­u­late.. With good men and women in Nige­ria shun­ning pol­i­tics for fear of soil­ing their hard­earned rep­u­ta­tion, is it easy to get those men and women of in­tegrity? Hav­ing said that, I must add that it's un­der­stand­able why Obasanjo, as a past leader, doesn't want these peo­ple's cor­rupt past to be in­ves­ti­gated. S. A. Maigari sha­garari@gmail.com

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