Former House Appropriation Chair, Jibrin, an ‘attention-seeker’ – Ex-Ebonyi governor


A former governor of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu, has described a member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumini Jibrin, who has raised allegations of “budget-padding” against house leaders, as an “attention-seeker”.

Mr. Egwu, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator representing Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone, said the lawmaker chose the wrong time to complain about the irregularities surrounding the 2016 budget.

He wondered why Mr. Jibrin spoke out only after he had been booted out of office as chairman of the appropriations committee.

“Jibrin could have made the allegation long ago, as I’m aware that many legislators wanted to belong to the appropriations committees of both arms of the National Assembly,” Mr. Egwu said at his home in Umuebe, Ohaukwu Local Government, Area of Ebonyi state.

“We all heard of issues of budget padding which among other things, gave rise to the controversies surrounding the 2016 budget,” he said.

Mr. Jibrin says the speaker of the House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara, and other leaders inserted fake projects worth billions of naira into the 2016 budget.

But Mr. Egwu said before Mr. Jibrin’s allegation came up, legislators who belonged to the appropriation committees had alleged that Mr. Jibrin was the cause of the problems experienced in passing the budget.

“The legislators even alleged that Jibrin hijacked the budget appropriation process and handled the whole process and executed its activities alone.

“One can then ask why he is shouting now as he should be among those that should be investigated having been part of the process from the beginning,” he said.

Mr. Egwu backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for emergency economic powers.

He said such powers should however be temporary to enable the National Assembly come up with a permanent solution through a bill that would remove the “bottlenecks” that may delay executive policies.

“In the National Assembly, I have set up a proposal and I think I don’t know much about the president’s proposal; the little I read about it is power on virement on the issue of procurement and as former Minister of Education, I am aware that the process of procurement takes lot of time,” he said.

“There is no reason why in trying to embark on project, you spent three months trying to process it, you must go through a number of processes and at the end of the day the project is suffering. So, that aspect has to be fixed and when the president approaches the National Assembly on the emergency powers to tackle this, I will support him because I like to look at things objectively.

“We have come up with a bill in the house aimed at removing these bottlenecks and I think it should be a more permanent solution while the powers being sought by the president should be a temporary one until the bill has been passed. So I will support that aspect.”

Mr. Egwu blamed the current economic recession experienced in the country to the recklessness of past leaders on economic matters, with the populace also being culpable.

“The country imported virtually every item without paying attention to production with the populace having the wrong notion that all locally-made goods are inferior,” he said.

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    The budget padding scandal in the House of Representatives took a different twist Monday as embattled former chairman of the Committee on Appropriations Abdulmumin Jibrin received hash criticism on Twitter from Nigerians over reports that he operates a foreign account in contravention of the law.

    Trouble started on Twitter, when popular Nigerian activist Kayode Ogundamisi asked the lawmaker for clarification on documents linking him to a foreign account, including the ownership of a property which was used as the address on the account and he replied demanding to know what former would do following the revelation.

    Jibrin tweeted at Ogundamisi, “Oga now that you have found out that I own the property, what’s next”, but when negative reactions started pouring in, the lawmaker denied having any link to the account, saying, “I urge the public to disregard this latest blackmail as the document in circulation is not worth a toilet paper”.

    The lawmaker also accused Speaker Yakubu Dogara of sponsoring what he described as propaganda against him through his Deputy Chief of Staff, C.I.D Maduabum, adding he has directed his lawyers to report the matter to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the police.

    The Speaker’s aide has since denied any connections to NYCN’s allegations, saying, “I formally deny these allegations and denounce it as the hallucinations of deranged psychopath”.

  • Pat

    Jibrin allegations against the house should first undergo thorough investigation and necessary prosecution if necessary before any allegation against Jibrin be taken up.

  • Realitytalk

    Bird of the same feather, stop talking like the leader of the corrupt gangs, shame on you

  • Mufu Ola

    Matured comments from Mr Egwu.Bravo!

  • Kamalu

    I have not heard Mr. Jubrin extricate himself from the budget padding accusations and he is not exempting himself from investigations either. Dr. Egwu being a former Governor, an incumbent Senator and a Christian Pastor has all it takes to see that there is the Hand of God on the exposition by Jubrin. Dismissing the budget padding as an unnecessary controversy or a non issue tends to hang the reputation of Senator Egwu in the balance.

  • Benson Ogbonnaya Igboke

    Senator Sam Egwu’s expressed opinion on the reasons for the current economic recession is non-partisan. Yes, reckless public sector spending, lack of saving culture and thoughtless domestic (individual) consumption are key contributory factors. His anticipatory support for presidential economic emergency powers is equally non-partisan. This is quite commendable and examplary. The senator has eloquently demonstrated that the legislature is a national institution, not a political soap box, and that an essential ingredient of economic development is nationalism, which demands objectivity in economic decisions and actions. Brovo! Ominyi. You are a nationalist. (Read Premiumtimes for details of Egwu’s press release)