The budget padding scandal facing the Nigerian House of Assembly has taken on a different dimension, as the former chairman of the appropriations committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin has made a defamatory hit list of his former colleagues.
Jibrin listed names of principal officers of the house in a N10bn fraud scandal. He alleged that the said money was allocated for office allowances between the year 2003 till date, but was embezzled by key members of the institution.
The accused members are the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara; Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Lasun; House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila; Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; Deputy Leader, Buba Jibril; Deputy Whip, Pally Iriase; Minority Leader, Leo Ogor; Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyeama; Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde; and Deputy Minority Whip, Binta Bello-Maigeri.
According to Jibrin’s mathematical calculations and computations, speaker Yakubu Dogara, a co-member of APC from Bauchi State, who came to the house in 2007 has received the sum of N1.5bn. Hon. Gbajabimila another APC member from Lagos was accused of pocketing N1.2bn since 2003. Hon. Lasun from Osun State was also accused of siphoning N800m since 2011.
He further went on to analyze the figures other officers have embezzled, thus, “Deputy House Leader, Buba, has been in the House from 2007 to date, he received about N1.2bn. Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, has been in the house from 2003 to date, he has received about N1.2bn. Deputy Whip, Pally Iriase, has been in the House from 2011 to date, he has received N700m. Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, has been in the House from 2007 to date, he has received N1.2bn. Deputy Minority Leader, Barde, has been in the House from 2011 to date, he has received N700m. Minority Whip, Chuma, has been in the House from 2007 to date, he had received N800m. And finally, Deputy Minority Whip, Binta has been in the House from 2011 to date, she has received N700m”.
Jibrin accused the Speaker Dogara, and other key members of the house of padding the 2016 budget by over N40bn, although his counterparts say he is just bitter about his ousting and needs a psychiatric evaluation.
Buhari not to blame for economic crisis
According to Thecable.ng, Jibrin has said even a magician cannot not turn around the economy within a period of one year in office. He blamed the decline in oil price, which had adversely affected the country’s foreign reserves and mounted pressure on the naira, for the low recovery of the economy. “Let me state very categorically that the President is not to blame on the state of our economy today,” Jibrin said.