The Federal House of Representatives has said that it would not join issues with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his latest comments about the lower legislative chambers.
Speaking at a book presentation in Ibadan on Thursday, Obasanjo had described the legislators as a bunch of unarmed robbers because, as he said, ”they are one of the highest paid in the world whereas we have 70 per cent of our people living in abject poverty.”
However, House spokesperson Abdulrazaq Namdas, told The Nation: ”There is nothing to say because the House has responded to the former President previously.
The accusation this time is the same as before, so there is nothing to add. Our position has not changed from what we said in 2016.”
Namdas said that on a personal basis, he was not prepared to cross fire with Obasanjo in view of his age and position as a former President.
He is an elder and in my culture, you don’t respond to elders every time.
You don’t banter words with your elders. Having responded once and he accuses you again and again, what you do is you keep quiet.
Remember he is a former President and an elder statesman. I will not say more than that.
Another lawmaker said: “In my place, we don’t respond to elders like that. Moreover, Namdas has given the position of the House. Thank you.”
A lawmaker from the North Central said the former President should be allowed to express himself and enjoy it while it lasts.
You know, he is an old man. Let him enjoy himself.
Responding to him will only spark an unnecessary debate, and since he has a fixated mind about us, so be it.