The letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the senate is still causing row at the upper chamber as President of the Senate Bukola Saraki directed Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to probe an alleged “false publication” credited to Zamfara State Senator Kabir Marafa over the letter.
Obasanjo had alleged the senate of impunity in his letter, a situation that had generated discordant views in the media.
Marafa has insisted that Saraki should step down until his trial at the Code of Conduct Tribunal is concluded.
However, during the plenary on Tuesday, the issue about the letter came up again when Saraki directed the Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to probe Marafa for trying to tarnish the image of the senate.
In an interview published by a national newspaper, Marafa was quoted to have backed the letter by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in which he accused lawmakers of profligacy in the management of resources.
Coming through a point of order raised by Senator Isah Misau at yesterday’s plenary, the senator cited one of Marafa’s press interviews.
According to him, the said interview was misleading, particularly at a time the National Assembly was working to pass the 2016 national budget. He described Marafa’s comments as falsehood and unfortunate.
At the session, some senators kicked against Marafa’s behaviour and called for his sanction but their motions were interposed by some other senators who thought that the 8th assembly had better things to do than debating about publications.
Misau insisted that the said interview tended to impinge on the integrity of individual senators, adding that he had received more than 500 telephone calls from his constituents on the publication.
But Senator Ahmed Lawan kicked against the move, saying there were more serious national challenges to tackle, particularly the dwindling oil prices.