Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the Speaker of the House of Representatives has stated that the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, is out to destroy the Lower Chamber as an institution, but he will not succeed.
In his speech delivered on Wednesday to welcome Reps members from their annual recess, Dogara stated that the House would not be distracted by “any insidious antics, however, well-orchestrated, and falsehoods, however, cleverly propagated to confuse Nigerians.”
He averred that the Lower Chamber will rather as public servants, remain accountable to Nigerians for the conduct of their representatives, pointing out that the plenary was “not the appropriate venue to address allegations made against individual honourable members, many of which are criminal in nature.”
Jibrin had, shortly after his removal from the chairmanship of Appropriations committee, alleged in July that Speaker Dogara attempted to pad N30 billion into the controversial 2016 budget.
Last month, he accused 10 principal officers of the House of shortchanging the Nigerian taxpayers by appropriating about N10 billion as “office running cost,” which he said was shared among the senior lawmakers at various times since they were first elected into the House.
Meanwhile, part of the Speaker’s speech reads…
The events of the recent weeks give cause for grave concern and pose existential threats to the corporate integrity and image of the House as a democratic institution designed by the Constitution to play a vital role in our nation’s governmental system. Shortly after we adjourned for the recess, our colleague and erstwhile Chairman Appropriation Committee, embarked on a strange propaganda clearly aimed not only at the destruction of the image of some members but 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 chiefest 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. It was TS Eliot who once said, “the last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reasons”. Unfortunately TS Elliot didn’t tell us what it is when someone does the wrong deed for the wrong reasons. 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.