Senate President, Bukola Saraki, said on Tuesday that all public office holders in Nigeria since 1999 were guilty of the mistakes of the past that led the country to its present political and economic mess.mSaraki stated this while responding to a question on the secrecy of the National Assembly budget and corruption allegations leveled against it by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in a recent letter.
The Senate President insisted that it was wrong for anybody to hold an individual or group of people solely responsible for the mess of the past. He said;
“We have 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 was 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 oppose 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.”