Agene AKHERE, Benin
Former Chief whip of the senate, Senator Rowland Owie, Tuesday took a swipe on former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over comments concerning the alleged abandonment of the power sector by his successors.
Senator Owie, who spoke in Benin City, described the President Obasanjo’s comments as misleading and untrue.
He said rather it was the former President who created the problems in the power sector, which President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is tackling head on.
A visibly angered Owie said, “It is shocking that Obasanjo won’t stop playing to the gallery after ruining Nigeria in his years of administration. How can Obasanjo say that his successors abandoned power sector when he actually laid the foundation for the crisis in that sector today. What blackmail!? What hipocracy? Has the former President forgotten that he wasted 16.5billion dollars on power during his tenure? Yet no power!
“And that 16.5billion dollars was never accounted for. Even the Hon. Ndudi Elumelu committee that investigated the dirty deals of OBJ in the power sector was pursued by the agents of Obasanjo in government. What a shame that a man that was brought out of prison to the presidency won’t fear God or be honest with man. The former president has no credibility to question credible leadership of President Jonathan who is battling to clear all the mess he put in place when he was president.
“President Jonathan has done better in just four years than Obasanjo’s wasted eleven years in power. His first coming as military head of state was to destroy the Nigeria Public Service and his second coming, the eight years was used in destroying the independence of the National Assembly and he made attempts to invade the judiciary, to destroy that arm that represents the Holy Spirit. Obasanjo’s one year’s revenue was higher than the entire revenue IBB got in eight years.
“Today all one can remember about Obasanjo is the destruction of NITEL, Ajaokuta, Aladja, Oku Iboku Iron Ore Smelting Industry, illegal impeachment of state governors, use of EFCC to pursue perceived enemies and finally, his ill-fated third term agenda. In a civilised nation, people like OBJ should only be seen at night and not during the day nor to be heard publicly,” he said.