Yesterday, the Principal Officers of the House of Representatives said that the sacking of Mr. Abdulmumuni Jibrin, the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, was a collective decision between them.
This recent statement was signed by all the ten (10) principal officers; The Speaker, Dogara; Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; Majority Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila; Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; Deputy Leader, Buba Jibril; Deputy Whip, Pally Iriase; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyeama; Deputy Minority Leader, Yakubu Barde; and Deputy Minority Whip, Binta Bello-Maigeri.
According to them, they said that his sacking came as majority of the members agitated his removal after discovering that he abused the 2016 budget. The principal officers stated further that the budget would have been really messy if it had suffered more abuse in the hands of Mr. Jibrin.
They noted that they had to quickly kick him out after various Ministries, Departments and Agencies complained of being harassed by the former Appropriation Chairman.
Their statement reads below;
“The proponent (of budget-padding), the recently sacked Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, sought to make allegations of impropriety against the leadership of the House over the process and content of the 2016 budget passed by the National Assembly and signed into law.
“While the leadership is determined to ensure that absolute diligence, maturity and due process are employed in dealing with the allegations, instead of joining the accuser in a press war, it is important to state, in the interest of the agitated public, that the allegations are wild, baseless and unfounded.
“Good enough, all the said allegations raise issues that can be easily verified and the public will be availed ample opportunity upon the resumption of the House.
“In the meantime, however, the leadership of the House of Representatives wishes to reaffirm that it took collective action, in conjunction with the Senate and a team from the Executive, to rescue the 2016 Budget when it became obvious that the former appropriation Chairman had placed both the document and the process in jeopardy resulting in a spate of agitation from Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“Furthermore, the decision to relieve the erstwhile Appropriation Chairman of his position was a collective decision of the leadership in response to unrelenting pressures from the overwhelming majority of Honourable members who were irked by the former Chairman’s gross abuse of the budget process.
“Both actions were taken in the best interest of the institution and the nation for which we take full responsibility.
“Truth may be slow but it usually always wins the race in the end. We have no doubts.”
However, Mr. Jibrin in a recent statement reaffirmed his allegations against the leadership of the House of Representatives, and noted that they will soon be arrested and charged for corruption.
“For the avoidance of doubt, let me restate that I have interacted severally with anti-corruption agencies.
“It is however heartwarming to know that they are indeed working meticulously on the matter.
“I have little doubt that they will do justice expeditiously and sooner than letter, we will get to the point where every Nigerian is waiting for — the arrest of Speaker Dogara …” he said.