REVEALED: My objection to Dogara’s N40bn padding in budget is reason he sacked me – Jibrin
A former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, opened up on Thursday on why the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, sacked him on Wednesday.
Jibrin, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kano State, claimed in a statement that he was being victimised by the Speaker because he objected to a request Dogara made that he (Jibrin) should allocate projects worth N40bn to him in the 2016 budget.
He alleged that the projects would have been shared among four principal officers, namely, Dogara; the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Yussuff Lasun; the Whip, Mr. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor.
Jibrin, who demanded the immediate resignation of Dogara and the three other principal officers, added that the four met and took the “unilateral” decision to request the inclusion of the N40bn projects in the budget.
According to Jibrin, when he was approached by the four with the information, he declined to oblige them in a bid to assert the independence of his committee.
He said the N40bn was to have come from the N100bn earmarked for the constituency projects of all lawmakers.
Jibrin said, “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 National Assembly.
“The four of them met and took that decision, in addition to billions of wasteful projects running to over 20bn, they allocated to their constituencies. They must come out clean. My inability to admit into the budget almost 30bn personal requests from Mr. Speaker and the three other principal officers, also became an issue.