Budget Padding: Jibrin’s allegations destroyed NASS integrity – Dogara

Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives.
Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives.

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said budget padding allegations against him and other leaders impacted negatively on the integrity of the National Assembly.

The speaker said this in his remarks while welcoming members back to plenary after their eight-week recess.

A member of the house, who was removed as Chairman, Appropriations Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin, made the allegations against Mr. Dogara and some principal officers of the lower chamber.

Mr. Dogara said the scandal orchestrated by the member posed a threat to the corporate integrity and image of the house as a democratic institution.

“Shortly after we adjourned for the recess, the erstwhile Chairman, Appropriations Committee, embarked on strange propaganda clearly aimed not only at the destruction of the image of some members.

“It was also a systematic destruction of the institution of the House of Representatives and indeed, the legislature, by portraying it to the public as an irredeemably corrupt institution.

“The motivation for his actions as he has said severally and repeatedly, is to have the four principal officers removed from their positions and not that the truth should be known.

“These wild allegations which were initially directed at four members of the House leadership progressively engulfed the entire membership of the House and then, the institution,’’ he said.

According to Mr. Dogara, the house leadership chose the part of maturity by maintaining great restraint, fully conscious of the fact that at the appropriate time, the truth will prevail.

He said, “I have bad news for those who think they can pull down this institution of the people.

“If history is any guide, no one, in a democracy has ever succeeded in destroying a democratic institution such as the House of Representatives.’’

While assuring that the House was fully conscious of its role, the speaker said lawmakers would not be distracted by the allegations.

He described the method adopted by Jibrin to address his allegations as inappropriate, saying there were constitutional avenues to address them considering the criminal nature of some of the allegations.

“It is, however, important to briefly say that nothing warrants the deliberate attempt at destructive public misinformation aimed at discrediting the house as an institution,” he added.

The speaker promised that reforms in the budgeting process would be initiated by the National Assembly to guard against abuses.

He said he had directed the various committees to conduct fact-finding on the level of implementation of the 2016 budget by various Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

(NAN)

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  • Rommel

    What was the reason for the padding and how long has such practice been going on? Dogara should start by providing answers rather than this poor attempt to white wash criminality

  • najabbiri goga

    Yakubu Dogara is shameless. He is the problem of House of Reps. So long as he is the speaker the problem will remain.

  • Ologbon

    It will serve democracy right if Dogara can debunk the wild allegations by Jibrin. This guy is just too shameless and deceptive. No amount of white-washing or propaganda will make the allegations go away. Nigerians want to know the truth and care less about destruction of principal officers. Was the 2016 budget padded or not? Explain, if possible, with the aid of diagrams. Stop throwing red-herring.

  • tony H

    “Budget Padding: Jibrin’s allegations destroyed NASS integrity” – Dogara

    hahahahahahah….Is it the same integrity defined in the oyinbo diko?

  • Fadama

    Mr Speaker, the difference between yourself and integrity is akin to light and darkness.

  • Sword of Damocles

    Title: Nigerian Ruling Elites have no shame nor ancestors

    The speaker said this:

    “The Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said budget padding allegations against him and other leaders impacted negatively on the integrity of the National Assembly.


    The whole world would like to KNOW WHOSE FAULT IS THIS???
    As you might have guessed, The Speaker & his “Klepto-Klique” believes that they bear no burden of blame. It is very EASY to hate some people when one reads through their hubris. IT is ABSOLUTELY maddening

  • musa aliyu

    Who had been deceiving this clown that they have any integrity in the eyes of Nigerians? He should wait till.we come to forcefully eject them from the house.

    • Kamalu

      Shame to Dogara and his fellow co travellers for ever thinking that members of the National Assembly whether as individuals, group or as an institution resembles even the shit of integrity. Integrity Ko Integrity Ni.

  • Niyi Akinlabu

    Dogara is a dreamer who thinks he’s on the right side of history. He’s a joker.

  • Commentsfile..!!!

    Lol .. Mr ! the more you talk the more
    suspicious you look!
    Kidnappers don kidnap Satan from hellfire…
    Dogara no get kingdom again, fear don
    spread, hahhaaaa. thanks Mr Jibrin.

  • Depo Adenle

    Nigerians should be grateful to Jibrin for blowing the whistle on the LEGISLOOTERS. Dogara is shameless for saying that JIbrin destroyed the NASS integrity. Do they really have any integrity?

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  • TRUSTIN BRIGHT

    Honour has gone to sleep in our fatherland? Answer the charges of the whistle blower!

  • SAM .A

    Nass has no integrity , talk less of destroying something that doesn’t exist. This National Assembly led by Dagorat and Saraki , metujamba have eaten Nigeria to bone, and blow air unto the wound . May this generation of ‘Legislooters ‘ never come our way again.

  • Realitytalk

    You have no shame for you to come out and say such, is this really you? What a pity they can now see why you didn’t or the party didn’t want you to come out to contest

  • fash

    It is not morally right for a man to be a judge in his own case

  • fash

    Let the speaker conduct public opinion test or a public opinion portal open to ascertain whether the house integrity is still intact, i believe that the result would be a socker