Embattled former Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, in line with his resolve to continue exposing humongous corruption in the House of Representatives, on Saturday took to twitter once more, blasting Speaker Yakubu Dogara for denying the huge support provided by ex-Delta State Governor James Ibori for his emergence.
He described the denial as shameful, challenging him to “at least have the honour to return the $600,000 Ibori donated to his speakership campaign.”
In his series of tweets titled Budget fraud and corruption,” Jibrin noted that ahead of the New Year, Nigerians should not forget that 163 days after he raised a mountain of allegation of budget padding against Dogara and the House leadership, he is yet to respond.
“We must deal with the axis of evil in the House of Reps in 2017&they should rather focus on responding to the mountain of allegations of: N284 billion budget fraud, 20 per cent House inputs hijacked for the axis of evil by (Deputy Speaker Yusuf) Lasun, nine roads for the Speaker inserted in the budget (and) diversion of FGN projects to his farm, N500m they collect for rent of house and guest houses… how much (Heman) Hembe stole from the money.”
He wondered why the Speaker is yet to release details of internal budget of the House after deducting running cost allowances amidst allegations of wasteful contracts on office items, billions of naira money laundry, the car purchase scam of the 7th and 8th assembly.
Other issues waiting for responses, he continued, include “allegation of shortchanging members in 2015 MDG (Millennium Development Goals), allegations of bribery and corruption in the 2015 MDG with (Chief Whip, Ado) Doguwa in charge.
There are also “allegations of doctoring our house rules that is a subject of ligation that gave him draconian powers among many others,” he added, assuring of his commitment “to this struggle for the rest of my life even if iam alone. It is a struggle I am ready to die for! God bless.”
Denying stories in the media that he is reaching out secretly to Dogara to facilitate his readmission into the House, Jibrin assured that “no such planted stories aim at diluting our crusade will deter me and I will use every legal means to regain the mandate of my people.”
He said the report only shows the desperation of the Speaker.
“My few weeks of silence was to strategize and put to work some of the advice I have received from hundreds of well-meaning Nigerians, he stressed, unveiling plans to host 5,000 youths across the country as the first of a series of events slated for January 9, 2017 in Kano, for which funding has been secured from two international organisations to establish a central online platform for disseminating budget fraud.
There would also be lecture series and sensitization programmes on budget fraud and corruption across the country, he said, adding: “Our anti-corruption crusade with be ruthless in 2017.”