Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on
Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, opened up on
Thursday on why the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, sacked
him on Wednesday.
All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kano State,
claimed in a statement that he was being victimised by
the Speaker because he objected to a request Dogara made
that he (Jibrin) should allocate projects worth N40bn to
him in the 2016 budget.
alleged that the projects would have been shared
among four principal officers, namely, Dogara;
the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Whip,
Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority
Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.
Jibrin, who demanded the immediate resignation
of Dogara and the three other principal
officers, added that the four met and took the
“unilateral” decision to request the inclusion
of the N40bn projects in the budget.
to Jibrin, when he was approached by the four with the
information, he declined to oblige them in a bid to
assert the independence of his committee.
He said the
N40bn was to have come from the N100bn earmarked for the
constituency projects of all lawmakers.
Jibrin said, “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 N40bn out of the
N100bn allocated to the entire National Assembly.
“The four of them met and took that decision, in
addition to billions of wasteful projects running to
over 20bn, they allocated to their constituencies. They
must come out clean. My inability to admit into the
budget almost 30bn personal requests from Mr. Speaker
and the three other principal officers, also became an
However, in a response, the leadership of the House
described Jibrin’s allegations as an “afterthought” just
to express his anger over his sacking.
It also said there was no connection between his sacking
and his opposition to the immunity clause for presiding
officers proposed by the House.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public
Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, who made the reaction,
noted that Jibrin was removed because the leadership
reserved the prerogative of appointing and removing
committee chairmen whenever they were seen to no longer
be able to perform their duties.
Namdas stated further, “Most of the allegations on the
2016 budget process and his opposition to immunity of
presiding officers are non-issues and (but) 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?
“Jibrin, like any other member of the House, knows that
there are conventions and precedents as they relate 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.”
But Jibrin added that his offence was that he dared to
tell members the whole truth when the heat was turned on
him by colleagues, who felt that they were short-changed
in the allocation of projects.
The lawmaker did not comment on the N4bn projects he too
was accused to have allocated to himself in his Bebeji
Federal Constituency in Kano State.
However, he added that his removal was timed to coincide
with the annual recess of the House to weaken his power
to fight back.
But, he assured the Speaker and the three other
principal officers that the issue would remain alive and
must be addressed when members would have resumed in
Jibrin stated that rather than tell the truth, the
leadership created the impression that he was sacked
because he padded the 2016 budget.
He described the reason given for his removal as
“complete misrepresentation, false, mischievous, unfair
and a calculated attempt to bring my name to disrepute,
blackmail, silence and use me as a scapegoat.
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