Olusegun Obasanjo has written a letter to Senate President, Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara over plans by the National Assembly to buy 469 vehicles.
Obasanjo, in the letter dated January 13, 2016, criticized the legislators for being insensitive to the economic situation in the country, The Cable reports.
“The recent issue of cars for legislators would fall into the same category. Whatever name it is disguised as, it is unnecessary and insensitive. A pool of a few cars for each Chamber will suffice for any Committee Chairman or members for any specific duty,” the former president wrote.
“The waste that has gone into cars, furniture, housing renovation in the past was mind-boggling and these were veritable sources of waste and corruption. That was why they were abolished. Bringing them back is inimical to the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians,” he added.
He also urged the Assembly to be open about its expenditure by making public its recurrent budgets for the years 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015.