I Did Not Pad 2016 Budget – Dogara

In spite of the allegations made against him by the former
chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on
Appropriation, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara,
has insisted that he did not doctor the 2016 budget.
“I wish to reiterate that no Kobo belonging to Nigerians has
been misappropriated, stolen or lost in this budget saga,”
Dogara said on Saturday on his official Twitter account.
“I wish to state clearly that there was no act of corruption
by me during and/or after the preparation of the 2016
Dogara also said he never claimed he could not be
prosecuted as a lawmaker, noting he was not above the
“I did not say or mean that I am above the law or that I am
shielded by the law, or that I have immunity for any
infractions on the law,” he said.
“I am not above the law, and I would never imply that I
cannot be investigated by security agencies or tried by our
Abdulmumuni Jibrin, who chaired the appropriation in the
lower chamber until July 20, had accused Speaker Yakubu
Dogara, his deputy, Mr Sulaimon Yussuff Lasun, House
Minority Leader, Mr Leo Ogor and the House Chief whip, Mr
Ado Doguwa of selfishly allocating projects worth N60
billion to their constituencies. He, therefore, demanded the
resignation of all the principal officers.
Jibrin noted that he was removed from his position mainly
because he had different opinions about how things should
be done.
“My offence was asserting my independence and insisting
we do the right thing at all times and expose corrupt
people in the House,” he said in a statement.
But the Speaker insisted that all the allegations Jibrin
levelled against were false, saying that the truth would
soon be obvious.
“I further wish to deny any and all other allegations of a
personal nature against me. They are fictional and
scandalous untruths.
“I wish to appeal to the Nigerian public for patience as the
truth which will vindicate the innocent in this saga will
unfold soon.”

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