By Emman Ovuakporie
Some House of Representatives members say they await the response of President Goodluck Jonathan to the allegations raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his state of the nation letter to him. The lawmakers spoke to Sunday Vanguard. Excerpts:
Good Nigerians should speak out now- Chairman House Committee on Petroleum Resources, Downstream Sector, Hon Dakuku Peterside, PDP Rivers State.
Good people must speak out . Nobody should be allowed to destroy our democracy.
Mr President should be cautious,Deputy Chairman House Committee on ICT, Hon Tajudeen Yusuf, PDP, Kogi State.
That is Obj for you.. In as much as I would have preferred a better approach… I will advise the president to show restraint, respect and maturity in handling the matter.
He must learn how to manage Obj. He is the president, so he must not be distracted.
Do not count OBJ’s sins on this-House Committee Chairman on Justice, Hon Ahmad Ali.
The right question to ask is, are these weighty allegations true? It will not be enough to choose listing Obasanjo’s past sins as a response strategy. That will send a wrong signal, imputing veracity of the allegations.
The question to ask is whether the allegations are true-Chairman House Committee on Ethics and Corruption, Hon Abiodun Faleke, APC, Lagos
I do not see the issues raised in the letter as destructive, but rather as serious for all Nigerians to be sensitive about. The training of snipers to eleminate 1000 opposition members, the looting of income of this nation by NNPC. etc are major concern to me.
It is a serious issue-Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila,APC, Lagos state.
The allegations are coming from a former president and should be taken serious. We await the President’s formal response.
It is food for thought for any leader-Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon Zakari Lafia Mohammed.
The letter is deep and a food for thought for any leader.
OBJ, enough of this rubbish-Chairman Committee on LGAs,DTHA, Hon Tim Kome Owhefere
I have read carefully the purported letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo. First, I’m surprised at the kettle calling the pot black. It beats my imagination that Obasanjo would dare to complain about the Presidency haunting individuals with security agencies, when he actually perfected the act using the EFCC under Nuhu Ribadu.
Maybe the former president has also forgotten so soon how he muscled the Bayelsa House of Assembly to undemocratically impeach a sitting governor without conforming to due process as laid down by law. Those who live in glass houses should be mindful in throwing stones. It was the same Obasanjo that attempted a kangaroo constitutional amendment to enable him do a third term in office even when his kinsmen refused to vote for him based on his perceived track record.
The issues are weighty-Chairman House Committee on e-Parliament, Hon Razaq Bello -Osagie, APC, Oredo Federal Constituency, Edo
The allegations and issues raised by President Obasanjo are weighty but not new. The salvo is coming from a strong personality and benefactor of President Jonathan who has been through this route and eminently grounded to understand the implications of his comments.
”When a father tells his own son and neighbours around that he is not doing well, I think it calls for grave concern. If this criticism will influence the policy direction of government positively for the benefit of Nigerians and to the glory of God Almighty, so be it.
However, governance would appear to be on the reverse impliedly on oxygen and Nigerians should look at alternative platforms for recharge of mandates and franchise to public officers who represent them and which rightfully belong to them.