We are all Guilty…since 1999, Saraki replies Obasanjo
SENATE President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki declared yesterday that all those who had served in government since 1999, had , one way or another , contributed to the socio- economic woes currently bedeviling the country.
Saraki who was responding to journalists’ questions at the National Assembly, regarding allegations of corruption levelled against the National Assembly by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said it was wrong for anybody to hold an individual or group of people solely responsible for the mess of the past.
According to him, rather than trading blame on the woes afflicting the country now, what is needed from all stakeholders is a collective participation in the drive to find solutions to the problems.
His words :”We have all been here since 1999 up to the recent past when things were not done right. We are all part of it. I was there ,you were there, other political office holders in different capacities were there as well.
“My own view from the Eighth National Assembly is that the time for collective participation for the good of all Nigerians is here with us in line with the change mantra of the present administration.
We are all on the same page that things should be done differently.
“I think what we need now from all stakeholders is more of cooperation, encouragement and participation as opposed to trying to hold one person responsible for the mistakes of the past that we are all part of. It is clearly not the thing needed now.
“I appeal to you, to all Nigerians that we should work together just as I assure you all that we will do well here in the National Assembly to practically complement the change agenda.”
The Senate President disclosed that the National Assembly would soon come up with an amendment bill on the procurement process to ensure strict and transparent implementation of the N6.08trillion 2016 budget.
According to Saraki, the implementation of the 2016 budget proposal as presented by the executive , would be decided at the stage it is now in the National Assembly
“Before we put our signatures to it , we need to be sure that it is implementable”, he said.
He, however, stated that rather than the falling oil price benchmark, the two critical issues to be monitored and managed for the successful implementation of the budget were issues of expected revenues from non-oil and independent sources aside from that of funding the huge deficit .