• Tuesday, July 16, 2024
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Saraki to Obasanjo: I’ll respond to your letter formally


BUKOLA-SARAKISenate president, Bukola Saraki, has acknowledged receipt of a letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo, drawing his attention to alleged corruption in the National Assembly.

But Saraki, who said he was still studying the letter, explained that he would formally write a reply to the former president in no distant time.

Speaking through his special adviser, media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Wednesday, 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.

But the Senate spokesman, Aliyu Sabi claimed that he was not aware of the said letter to the Senate president.

He, however, said if there was to be a letter, it would be communicated to senators through the Senate President, adding that he would speak when such was done.

His words: “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”.

In a letter addressed to Saraki and speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara dated January 13, 2016, the former president accused the federal lawmakers of corruption, impunity and greed.

Specifically, Obasanjo accused the lawmakers of fixing and earning salaries and allowances far above what the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission approved for them.