Budget padding scandal: Jibrin writes Buhari

Abdulmumin Jibrin
Abdulmumin Jibrin

Suspended lawmaker, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has written an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari, imploring him to end his long silence about the budget fraud allegations in the House of Representatives.

It is the first time the embattled lawmaker will write directly to the president since the controversy broke out —and he used it to attack Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other usual targets.

In the letter, emailed to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Jibrin said he decided to write the president and copy the public after all his efforts to have an audience with the him were frustrated.

“I write this letter to you as a last resort to seek action on the allegations of budget fraud, abuse of office and corruption I levelled against Speaker Yakubu Dogara and three other Principal Officers of the House of Representatives,” Mr. Jibrin said.

The letter came a few days after he said he’d gone on exile partly because of the president’s reluctance to intervene in the scandal which has been rocking the National Assembly for four months.

“The silence of the presidency is no longer sending the right message to Nigerians and the international community,” Mr. Jibrin said in a statement on November 7.

In his letter on Friday, Mr. Jibrin, who was suspended on September 28 over his face off with lawmakers, informed the president about alleged sharp practices of House members and called on him to act.

“Your Excellency, the House of Representatives stinks of corruption and something urgent must be done to salvage the situation,” Mr. Jibrin said. “We have a golden opportunity to show the world that there is zero tolerance for corruption under your leadership.”

Mr. Jibrin said the president should order prioritised investigation into the padding claims with a focus on bringing culpable members to justice.

“I pray that you direct the various agencies that I submitted petitions to expedite action on the matter as Nigerians and the world are watching to see how we will deal with this issue of incontrovertible corruption by Speaker Dogara and others and systemic corruption in the House,” Mr. Jibrin said.

Mr. Dogara’s spokesman, Turaki Hassan, declined comments on Friday night. But his principal has repeatedly denied all the allegations of budget padding against him.

The demands for Mr. Buhari’s intervention stand in sharp contrast from Mr. Jibrin’s October 1 statement in which he described the president’s silence as “a blessing in disguise.”

“If Mr. President had jumped into the matter at the early stage, trust Nigerians, they would have concluded that the presidency is using me to fight the House,” Mr. Jibrin said in his Independence Day statement. ”Such perception and blackmail would have been difficult to deal with.”

The lawmaker went on exile last week, sparking speculation that he fled the country to avoid a pending charges against him by the authorities.

But he denied fleeing from prosecution, said he travelled because his safety was not guaranteed in Nigeria and he’ll return to the country when invited to testify in the budget fraud investigation.

“I will be available once my attention is required in respect of my petition against the Speaker and others or any petition that may come against me,” he said.


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  • Man_Enough

    Jibrin, you have made your case. There is no need creating more adversaries within your party. Writing an open letter to the president is a subtle way of accusing him of aiding and abetting. If you believe that the government and the responsible agents are trying to sweep the issues under the carpet, then the option left to you is to begin to publish the sordid details of their inglorious activities. By and by some Nigerians of conscience will be moved to action. I personally sympathise with your case.

    • sab

      Jibrin, it is clear some sharp practices may have gone through during the budget issue. Nigerians may well be aware of it. Now you want Nigerians and indeed the world to see you as a saint among all other devils. But sad enough, you did not make your case easier. As chairman of the Appropriation Committee, you presided over the budget screening. At no point did you tell Nigerians that illegalities were going on. Even the Presidency had cause to accuse the National Assembly of Budget malpractices but You, yes, you, Jibrin were among those who stood firm against the Presidency’s observation, insisting there was nothing wrong with the Budget Document delivered to the Presidency by the NASS. After all the long wait and perusing by the Presidency, you never raised a voice. Finally, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, signed the Budget. Surprisingly, when you fell out with your NASS bosses, leading to your removal as Appropriation Committee Chairman, you now started shouting Budget Padding and all that. I’m not an APC member. I’m not a fan of the ruling party even though I’m not a PDP or any other party. Your latest fight for me does not hold any substance. The earlier you keep quiet, the better for you.

  • Bigtin

    #4B film village +Kannywood = Hon Jibrin

  • Owoeye Gbenga

    There is nothing like budget padding-Presidency.This govt is truly fighting corruption.What an irony!!

  • omo56

    It is bad enough that no one in the president’s party is being investigated. For the president, to ignore the budget paddling issue cast doubt on his sincerity in fighting corruption

  • George

    In Ameachi case they said no PETITION, in Fashola case they said no PETITION, in Tinubu case they said no PETITION and in this Dagara case they said the petition is not enough.

    Buhari God is watching you closely.

  • Capt

    The problem my friend Jibrin is that you are along in this fight, PMB don’t care

  • Sanssouci

    Bro ur wasting your time, Buhari is not interested, and its a settled matter. Talk from now till kingdom come it will not generate any more attention then Buratai, Dambazzau, Abba Kyari or Ugaru Usani cases. My advice to you, find a way to stay alive first then find a way to make a living from where you are and forget this ever happened because your far from being a symbol of probity yourself, just thank God you are still alive with some of your loot and move on.

  • J A Adebisi

    I have submitted my hope to God as PMB is a rag that can’t clean corruption talk less of fight it.
    He has disappointed me and caused injury to his reputation.
    It seems he doesn’t even read news highlights, he kept mute on several corruptions he should have given probe ascent.
    I thought he is still the same PMB I know.
    To give him an excuse, his first rule was in Lagos not Abuja. Change indeed.