Budget Padding Scandal ‘Guilty persons must be prosecuted,’ Gowon says

Gowon made the call on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, following allegations that some members of the House of Representatives padded the 2016 budget.

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Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon

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Former Head of State, Yakubu Gowon has said that anyone found guilty of budget padding must be prosecuted.

Gowon made the call on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, following allegations that some members of the House of Representatives padded the 2016 budget.

“If that is true. If anybody is doing that, the person should be checked and stopped to ensure that such does not occur in the future. We didn’t do it during my time,” Gowon said while speaking to journalists during an award ceremony in honour of Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi.

“We had the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in-charge of our finance during my time and he taught us to survive without borrowing. Such (budget padding) should stop, there is no point doing that,” Gowon added.

ALSO READ: 100 lawmakers disown Dogara over budget padding scandal

House of Reps Speaker, Yakubu Dogara is at the centre of the budget padding controversy after being accused of fraud by former Appropriation Committee Chairman, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

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