Budget Padding: Jibrin writes Buhari, demands probe into allegations

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Suspended House of Representatives lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin has written a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged budget padding, demanding the probe of Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

Jbrin had alleged that Dogara and three other principal officers had inserted N40bn into the 2016 national budget.

The three others are Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Chief Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.

Jibrin was suspended by the House for “bringing the image of the House to disrepute and public ridicule.”

In his letter titled, “Open letter to Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on budget fraud and corruption in the House of Representatives”, Jibrin demanded the probe of Dogara and other accused persons.

Jibrin alleged that certain forces were hindering him from meeting the President as he had earlier written a letter without getting any response.

He said, “I crave the indulgence of your Excellency to pardon me for resorting to an open letter to draw your attention to this matter.

“The need to deal with the matter decisively and the urgency involved necessitated opting for this channel. Besides, I am aware of some powerful forces working behind the scenes in cohort with some members of leadership of the House to ensure that I never get access to you and the matter never sees the light of the day.

Jibrin expressed surprise that none of the axxused has been arrested even after he had petitioned security agencies.

The letter read further, “Sir, this is an institution that is supposed to support you in fighting corruption.

“You have taken on corruption and corrupt people decisively; the crusade will be incomplete if corrupt elements are allowed to infest the legislative arm, especially the House of Representatives.

“You should by now know that you will never get the required support to fight corruption with Dogara as Speaker of the House and most importantly if reforms are not implemented in the House.

“Your Excellency, let me use this opportunity to inform you that I have challenged my suspension in court because it is unconstitutional and the seat belongs to my constituents, who are proud of my anti-corruption crusade in the House.

“My constituents have also filed a case in court to challenge the suspension. I have also stated clearly that I will never apologise to any member in the House or the House itself, as I did not commit any offence and I will continue to stand by all the allegations I raised.”

Jibrin called for the end of allowances in the House, as well as a refund of the N40bn.

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