Melaye reacts to Obasanjo's letter to senate


Former Chairman, Senate ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Dino Melaye, on Thursday responded to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter to Senators and members of the House of Representatives, describing the ex-president’s outburst as misplacement of anger.

Obasanjo had accused the lawmakers of reckless spending and abuse of office and asked them to return to path of honour.

The ex-President also asked the lawmakers to open their financial records for external audit.

But Melaye told journalists in Abuja that Obasanjo’s letter was borne out of a misplaced anger.

He also accused the former Nigeria leader of exposing the National Assembly to corruption during his celebrated third term agenda.

The Kogi West lawmaker wondered why Obasanjo should mistake the 8th National Assembly as the one that allegedly defrauded him in 2007 by collecting his money and refused to actualize his third term plot.

He noted that it is hoped that the letter was not an attempt to cover up and distract attention from the Halliburton and Siemens corruption allegations.

Melaye said, “I have tremendous respect for President Olusegun Aremu Okikiola Obasanjo.

“Elder statesman, respected pan Africanist and committed patriot.

“I went through the letter written to all Senators and members of the House of Representatives.

“The letter I can see is a misplacement of anger. Our leader is mistaken the 8th National Assembly as the same Senate Assembly that defrauded him in 2007. I mean those that collected his money and refused to implement the 3rd term agenda.

“I appeal to Baba that we are not the ones please.

“After nine years of that bribery saga, the first of its kind, I expect forgiveness to have taken place.”