Sacked House of Representatives Appropriations Committee Chairman Abdulmumin Jibrin last night spoke of what he called “institutional corruption” at the National Assembly. He claimed that those behind the “massive corruption” frustrated his efforts to prevent the padding of Budget 2016. Jibrin was sacked for allegedly padding the budget.
He denied the allegation, claiming that Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuff Lasun, Chief Whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor wanted to use him to achieve their own ends. Jibrin, who accused Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa and Ogor of being behind the padding, alleged that 10 Chairmen inserted 2,000 fictitious projects worth N248 billion into the budget.
But he is being accused of “allocating 20 projects worth N4.3billion to his constituency.” Dogara and the other principal officers have protested their innocence, saying Jibrin’s allegations were “mere afterthoughts manufactured simply because the House relieved him of his position”.