Budget Padding: Jibrin’s Action and Lesson to Other NASS Members

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By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The suspended former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin was today recalled by the House of Representatives after serving the 180 days suspension slammed on him for accusing Dogara and other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget to the tune of multi-million naira.

 

Abdulmumin Jibrin denied himself involvement in the legislative process in the red chamber for about 17 months for for making wild allegation which he cannot substantiate even before the President, according to available information.

 

This will serve as a big lesson to any member of the National Assembly who will contemplate whistle blowing against the House. It means that such a member have to double-check his facts and if possible, equip self with video or audio tape to truly prove your point beyond reasonable doubt.

 

It is an eye opener that attempt to make open the secret of the NASS has far reaching consequences which only the whistle blower will suffer in the event that it fails.

 

Jibrin who is used to being the Chirman of juicy committees in the House of Representatives did not only loose all the benefits accruing to being a chairman or member of committee, he has been denied right of holding any position through out the life of the 8th Assembly.

 

With the unfolding scenario where Jibrin lost out in all fronts, will be careful when it comes to divulging information on the workings and operations of the National Assembly.

 

Above all, the “conspiracy of silence” over certain anomalies affecting the parliament will be further strengthened and will take a long time for Nigerians to witness the long talked about transparency and opening up of things affecting the National Assembly, especial its ‘budget’ which has been shrouded in secrecy.

 

Sundiata Post recalls how Dogara said Jibrin met with Buhari to make his case and the President asked him (Jibrin) if it were possible for four officers to pad a budget in a National Assembly made up of 469 members.

 

According to Dogara, “As a principled and experienced leader that the president is, he sought to know where the other leaders of NASS were when the budget was padded by just four leaders of the house. He said, none of their traducers could answer the question. Since he (Buhari) does not suffer fools gladly, he told them that except they answer the question nobody should bring up the subject matter to him again”.

 

Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives said that was how President Muhammadu Buhari tackled former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin over the alleged budget padding scandal.

 

The Dogara’s submission was confirmed when it was quoted in Dele Momodu’s yet-to-be-released biography, “A Reed Made Flint,” authored by veteran broadcaster, where Dele Momodu said Jibrin’s inability to answer the question made the president to order him, (Jibrin), not to raise the issue without providing an answer again.

 

Jibrin’s Allegations:

He accused Dogara of padding budget to the tune of N281 billion, taking over N9 billion to his Bauchi State constituency alone.

Jibrin said Nigerians should ask Dogara why he was taking N25 million every month from the accounts of the NASS.

He asked Dogara to provide proof of how he is funding his farm in Nasarawa State which was just few hectares before and now miraculously expands to about 100 hectares with new buildings and state-of-the-art equipment worth millions as well as the mansion he has suddenly built in Wuse II within six months.”




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