BENIN—A FORMER Senate Chief Whip, Senator Roland Owie, yesterday, said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo had no moral right to speak on corruption in Nigeria.
According to him, Obasanjo institutionalised the corruption crisis confronting the nation.
Owie, who was apparently reacting to a statement credited to Obasanjo, where the former president reportedly said that the level of corruption in the country was rising, while President Goodluck Jonathan’s government was not doing enough to stem the tide.
Owie, who said this in a statement, called on Obasanjo to stop playing to the gallery.
He said: ‘’My attention has been drawn to Obasanjo’s sermon on corruption in USA. It is shocking that OBJ can still talk about corruption in Nigeria when his government was responsible for corruption in Nigeria.
“Nigerians should remember that the foundation for corruption was laid in Nigeria when the Military Regime of Murtala/Obasanjo regime removed, with immediate effect, public servants, majority of whom were dedicated to their fatherland. As a result that act, public officers realised that their tenures were no longer permanent and corruption entered the public service.”