Jibrin: Dogara and his allies allocated N40bn to themselves out of N100bn house budget

Abdulmumin Jibrin, former chairman of the federal house of
representatives appropriation committee, says Yakubu
Dogara, the speaker, is a hypocrite.
Jibrin, who was removed as chairman of the vital committee
on Wednesday, accused Dogara of dining with the enemies
of President Muhammadu Buhari.
He specifically said he was removed because he refused to
yield to the demand of Dogara and that of some members of
the house leadership to “allocate to themselves N40bn out
of the N100bn allocated to the entire NASS”.
He also said he refused to admit into the budget, “almost
N30bn personal requests from Mr Speaker and the 3 other
principal officers” of the lower chamber.
He then called for the resignation of the speaker.
“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 scapegoat,” he said.
“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 maintain, 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 N40bn out of the N100bn allocated to the entire
”The four of them met and took that decision. In addition to
billions of wasteful projects running over 20bn they
allocated to their constituencies. They must come out
”My inability to admit into the budget almost N30bn
personal requests from Mr Speaker & 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. Nobody 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 support 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. President’s enemies.”

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