You lied, Reps tell Ezekwesili

For calling the National Assembly the nation’s drainpipe, the House of Representatives has hit back at former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, describing her as someone who has been plagued by out-of- office syndrome.
Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Victor Ogene, said this on Thursday in a statement obtained by Daily Independent
 “On the basis of this shared vision, the 7th House of Representatives wholeheartedly welcome her request for a public hearing on the stated ideals.
 In doing so, however, the former minister must be ready to comply with some basic ground rules so that we may all not be fooled by the guerrilla tactics of someone plagued by an out-of- office syndrome,” the statement said.
The House denied the allegation of Ezekwesili that the nation’s resources were merely used in keeping the members of the National Assembly happy.  “Nigerians would remember that in the course of a similar misadventure, in January 2013, Mrs. Ezekwesili had made wild claims bordering on the alleged frittering of $45 billion of the country’s external reserves, and $22 billion in the excess crude account.
While she is yet to fully justify those allegations, the former minister is this time seeking a fresh sparring partner in the Legislature,” it said.
It added that if  Ezekwesili was not being deliberately mischievous, why would she base her allegation on the report of The Economist magazine .
rather than on the figures of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation  and Fiscal Commission ( RMAFC), the agency of government which deals with the issue of salaries of Nigerian public officials.
“If it were not so, why would an address which centered on a “cost of governance in Nigeria be curiously limited to an inquest into the operations of the National Assembly, leaving out the other two arms and arriving at the rather simplistic suggestion of the introduction of a unicameral or part-time legislature as the panacea of all Nigeria’s problems…. If she was not mischievous, why would she elect to believe The Economist, rather than the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC over the issue of salaries of Nigerian public officials,” it said.


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