All public office holders from 1999 put Nigeria in it’s current mess- Saraki

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said on Tuesday that all public office holders in Nigeria since 1999, were guilty of the mistakes of the past that led the country to its present political and economic mess.

Saraki stated this while responding to a question on the secrecy of the National Assembly’s budget and corruption levelled against it by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a recent letter.

The Senate President insisted that it was wrong for anybody to hold an individual or group of people solely responsible for the mess of the past.

Saraki said what was required of all stakeholders was collective participation for the good of all Nigerians.

He, however, pledged that details of the N115bn National Assembly budget on a section-by-section basis, would be made public this year as against the usual practice.

He said, “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, every other political office holder in different capacities was there as well.

“The response of the 8th 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 for things to 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.

Saraki also condemned the recent Boko Haram attacks in Dalori, Borno State, where scores of people were reportedly killed and others injured.

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