The former chairman of the House of Representatives
Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has spoken of what he claimed
were the real reasons for his removal on Wednesday.
Mr. Jibrin, a former ally of the speaker, Yakubu
Dogara, had said that he chose to step down for personal reasons.
In a statement he released late Thursday, Mr.
Jibrin raised a humongous allegation of fraud against
He accused the speaker of attempting to pad N30
billion into the controversial 2016 budget.
I am obliged to make further statement after
listening to the full statement of Speaker Yakubu Dogara on why I had to leave
as Chairman Appropriation. It is a fact I went up to the Speaker and told him
clearly I wanted to leave. He confirmed this in his statement but it appeared
he wished he had fired me instead of my personal decision to step down.
Thereafter I proceeded to my office. I was
therefore not surprised when an aide of mine walked into my office to inform me
that the Speaker had announced my departure. I was relieved and went straight
to address the press and released a statement. It was only later in the evening
while monitoring the news that I watched the full statement he made on the
floor. Speaker Dogara’s statement was a complete misrepresentation of the
facts, false, mischievous, unfair and a calculated attempt to bring my name to
disrepute, blackmail, silence and use me as a scape goat.
The plan is to execute it just before the recess so
that by the time we return I would have been buried and the issue forgotten. Mr
Speaker, this issue will never be swept under the carpet. We are closing for
recess with it and we shall commence the next session with this issue. This was
the last option they had after every attempt to find something to nail me
failed. It is a known fact that I am a very blunt person by nature. I don’t
know how to pretend. I don’t do eye service neither will I ever be a sycophant.
I don’t give returns. I just do my job faithfully and dedicatedly. My offence
was asserting my independence and insisting that we do the right thing at all
times and expose corrupt people in the House.
Lately I openly disagreed with some principal
officers on the issue of immunity for Lawmakers and budget issues. I still
maintained I will never support immunity. I strongly believe with every
conviction that in cleaning up the budgeting system and considering what
transpired during 2016 budget which I have all the facts documented, Speaker
Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and minority Leader Leo Ogor should
resign. These members of the body of principal officers were not comfortable
with my independent disposition and my refusal to cover up their unilateral
decision to allocate to themselves 40billion naira out of the 100billion
allocated to the entire National Assembly.
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