Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that the emerging revelation on the padding of the 2016 budget in the National Assembly goes to confirm his earlier position that lawmakers are “armed robbers and rogues.”

Obasanjo, who spoke with State House correspondents shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday, declared that the best way out of the current mess was to ensure that only men of integrity are elected into the National Assembly.

It would be recalled that at a 2012 event in Lagos attended by two former Nigerian leaders, Yakubu Gowon and Ernest Shonekan, Obasanjo had described the National Assembly and state Houses of Assembly as institutions filled with “rogues and armed robbers.”

The ex-president went on to tell the reporters who met with him at the Villa today that he was sure that the fresh revelation would make those who did not believe him when he made his first statement to do so now, stressing that there is no need to investigate the allegations and counter-allegations of the 2016 budget padding in the National Assembly.

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