Senate President, Bukola Saraki,has blamed all public office holders in Nigeria since 1999 for the current political and economic crisis in the country.
Saraki spoke on Tuesday at the commissioning of the remodelled Senate Press Centre. Reacting to a question from the Senate Press Corps on the letter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo blaming federal legislators for some of the ills of the country, Saraki said they were all involved in one way or the other in the mistakes of the past.
According to the Senate President, it was wrong for anybody to hold an individual or group of people solely responsible for the mess of the past.
“We’ve all been here since 1999 up to the recent past when things were not done right.
“We are all part of it.
“I was there, you were there, every other political office holder in different capacities were there as well.
“My own view from the 8th National Assembly is that the time for collective participation for the good of all Nigerians is here with us in line with the change mantra of the present administration.
“We are all on the same page for things to be done differently.
“I think what we need now from all stakeholders is more of cooperation, encouragement and participation as opposed to trying to hold one person responsible for the mistakes of the past that we are all part of.
“It is clearly not the right thing needed now.
“I Appeal to you, appeal to all Nigerians that we should work together just as I assure you all that we will do well here in the National Assembly to practically complement the change agenda.”
Saraki also promised that details of the N115 billion National Assembly budget on section by section basis, would be transparently put into the public domain this year as against the practice of one item of the past.
He disclosed that the National Assembly would soon come up with an amendment bill on the procurement process towards ensuring strict and transparent implementation of the N6.08 trillion 2016 Budget.
According to him, the implementability of the 2016 Budget proposal as presented by the executive would be decided at the stage it is now in the National Assembly, that is the stage of budget defence by the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“Before we put our signatories to it, we need to be sure of it’s implementability,” he said.