"Dogara Is A Hypocrite & A Coward, He Tried To Pad N30b Into Budget" – Sacked Jibril

The immediate past Chairman,
Committe on Appropriation , House of
Representatives,.Hon Abdulmumni
Jibril, has taken to Twitter to narrate
and reveal in detail, how they padded
the budget by inserting numerous constituency projects at behest of
Mr.speaker ..
Read his full statement: 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.
The four of them met and took that decision. In addition to
billions of wasteful projects
running over 20 billion they
allocated to their constituencies.
They must come out clean. My
inability to admit into the budget almost 30 billion personal
requests from Mr. Speaker and
the 3 other principal officers also
became an issue. I have every
documented evidence to this
effect. After the submission of the first version of the budget
which was returned by Mr.
President, I briefed members in
executive session and told them
as agreed at our pre budget
meeting with chairmen and deputy chairmen of standing
committees, we simply adopted
their reports with little
amendments. No body faulted
my submission.
Members insisted they must know how the N100 billion was
allocated. I told them the truth.
Since after that meeting, Mr
Speaker with the suport of the
three other principal officers
effectively blocked me from briefing members, ensured I was
not at the last executive session
and refused to investigate issues
I raised that I believe must be
addressed if we intend to build a
better budget system for the House. I gave Mr. Speaker
statistics of 2000 new projects
introduced into the budget by
less than 10 committee chairmen
without the knowledge of their
committee members he did nothing about it because he was
part of the mess yet he is talking
about improving the budget
system. I did nothing wrong. I
worked within the rules of the
House and instructions of Mr. Speaker. During the budget
period, Mr. President graciously
granted myself and Sen. Goje
audience.
It was a very good meeting.
Speaker Dogara took it extremely personal that we saw
the president without his
knowledge and went on to
scuttle all our efforts to help the
president during the budget
process because he wanted to be seen by the president as the
only good man. He forgot that
he sees heads of MDA’s daily
which he enjoys doing more
than his job as Speaker for
reasons best known to him anyway, without Mr. President’s
knowledge. That is how petty
and narrow minded Dogara can
be. A coward, hypocrite and
pretender of the highest order.
Mr President must be very careful with him. He wines with Mr.
President and dines with Mr.
Presidents enemies. I am glad
that I am finally free from his
emotional blackmail of
constantly trying to make me see my appointment as
appropriation chairman as a
favour.
He has failed to realise that I
came a long way and even
attained chairman finance when he was chairman House services
before this appointment. Seeing
as the Speaker claimed that they
have taken the decision or were
going to take decision to replace
me, he now has a responsibility to tell the world why they took
or were going to take such
decision. I challenge them to tell
the world why? I will be
releasing a more detailed
statement in due course. Meanwhile, I intend to explore
all internal avenues of the House
to brief my colleagues in detail
and testify against Speaker
Dogara, Deputy Lasun, Whip
Doguwa and Minority leader Leo Ogor on why they should resign.
If I am not allowed to exercise
my privilege, I shall consider
legal options. I can no longer
bear the brunt of abuses and
baseless allegations keeping quiet all in the name of
“confidentiality” expected of an
appropriation chairman. I will
not allow anybody no matter
how highly placed to destroy my
life as intended by the full statement of Speaker Yakubu
Dogara. Now Nigerians will see
clearly the ulterior motive behind
the desperate moves for
immunity for principal officers of
the National Assembly. Speaker denies
The speaker has denied the
allegations.
A statement by the
spokesperson for the house,
Abdulrazak Namdas, dismissed Mr. Jibrin’s claims.
Full statement:
Our attention has been down to
media statements made by the
former Chairman of House
Appropriation Committee, Hon Abdulmumuni Jibrin wherein he
made wild allegations against
the House of Representatives
and its leaders.
We wish to say that it is the
prerogative of the Selection Committee of the House to
appoint and remove Committee
Chairmen. That power has been
so exercised in the case of Hon.
Abdulmumin Jibrin as chairman
of Appropriation Committee. Most of the allegations on the
2016 budget process and his
opposition to immunity of
Presiding officers are non-issues
and mere afterthought
manufactured simply because the House relieved him of his
position.
If he had all these ‘facts’ before,
why didn’t he make them
public? Why is he doing that
now? Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, like any
other member of the House
knows that there are
conventions and precedents as it
relates to budgets and projects
for principal officers of the National Assembly. Why is he
making it an issue now? In any
case, he is entitled to his opinion
as a Nigerian and as a legislator
while acting within the laws of
Nigeria and rules of the House. We must make it abundantly
clear that he was not removed
because of his support or
otherwise on immunity bill. After
all he is not the only one who
opposed the bill. The bill is still pending before
committee on review of
constitution and it has to be
voted upon by each and every
member of the House, get Senate
concurrence, endorsed by two- third of the 36 State Houses of
Assembly and be assented to by
the President. It is a cheap
blackmail on the part of Hon.
Jibrin to even insinuate that he
was removed because he opposed immunity bill.
He should not distract the House
from giving legislative support
on important issues facing the
government concerning the
revival of the economy, insecurity in the country, pursuit
of anti-corruption measures,
poverty alleviation,
infrastructural development etc.
The Nigerian people are simply
not ready to waste their time on personal issues and personal
egos of our leaders. We should
face the urgent tasks before us
for which we were elected.
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