It was the type of moment where you’d tell your mate or acquaintance “Oga, post and go” but if you’ve followed suspended lawmaker Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin on Twitter since he became the budget padding ambassador, you’d know he’s one of the proverbial Twitter tailors who invented threads (if you know, you know).
One or two tweets are never enough and we get it, most times.
Earlier today, Hon Jibrin shared photos from Friday evening’s edition of the yearly Iftar organised by the Emirate and attended by top dignitaries. His Royal Highness, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II hosted Kano state governor, Umar Ganduje, Hon Jibrin and other top government officials.
In expressing his gratitude to the Emir for his generosity, Hon Jibrin decided to tell a story. The type we choose to call a love story laced with all that emotional how boy met girl stuff.
It started like this: “I got close to his highness when he was Governor CBN and I was Chair house committee on finance. My oversight function was extended to any agency where government generates revenue. I got along with his highness so well and with ease.”
Then he went into high praise: “He was the easiest in ALL the agencies to deal with when it comes to the issue of remittance of IGR and operating surplus in line with FRA. In fact the CBN under his highness had 100% remittance contributing about half a trillion in revenue to government.”
He threw a few other people under the bus: “This was a period when agencies like NNPC, NPA, NIMASA, NCC etc were ENSURING they spend the whole revenue they generate.”
Then the famzing stepped up: “We kept in touch during the challenges he faced at CBN until his unjust suspension. Who knew that 3 years later, I will face similar faith. The night before he was appointed Emir, I was privileged to be the last person who was with the then Gov Kwankwaso until about 4am. We had a lengthy discussion on the candidates and options. He admitted he was under immense pressure from those for or against the emir. Trust me, I asked him who will be emir, he laughed so hard and responded ” Abdul, sai da safe” meaning good night. But i could tell from our discussions who the emir may be and i qas right. The rest is history.”
Happy ending it was but we see through Hon Jibrin’s sweet gesture. Bootlicking is not uncommon in politics especially in these parts and fawning on superiors is how politicians work their way to coveted positions. In Jibrin’s context, we’re not particularly surprised at this entire charade. We predicted a month ago that the lawmaker is nursing a higher political ambition, so it makes political sense that he’s actively sucking up to the highest authority in the land.
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