The House of Representatives has reacted swiftly to the statement credited to the the former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Honourable Abdulmumuni Jibrin.
Jibrin was yesterday removed from the house appropriation committee where he was the chairman.
But in apparent reaction to his removal, Jibril released a statement, which was also posted on his twitter account on Thursday asking for the resignation of Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other members of the House leadership.
He accused Dogara of wining with the president and dining with the president’s enemy particularly on the 2016 budget issue.
But the House in a statement by Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas
Chairman, Media and Publicity said the statements by Jibrin are simply issues manufactured by him because he was removed from his position as appropriation committee chairman.
The Statement reads in full:
Our attention has been down to media statements made by the former Chairman of House Appropriation Committee, Hon Abdulmumuni Jibrin wherein he made wild allegations against the House of Representatives and it’s leaders.
We wish to say that it is the prerogative of the Selection Committee of the House to appoint and remove Committee Chairmen.That power has been so exercised in the case of Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin as chairman of Appropriation Committee.
Most of the allegations on the 2016 budget process and his opposition to immunity of Presiding officers are non issues and mere after thought manufactured simply because the House relieved him of his position.
If he had all these ‘facts’ before ,why didnt he make them public? Why is he doing that now?
Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, like any other member of the House knows that there are conventions and precedents as it relates to budgets and projects for principal officers of the National Assembly . Why is he making it an issue now? In any case, he is entitled to his opinion as a Nigerian and as a legislator while acting within the laws of Nigeria and rules of the House.
We must make it abundantly clear that he was not removed because of his support or otherwise on immunity bill. Afterall he is not the only one who opposed the bill.
The bill is still pending before committee on review of constitution and it has to be voted upon by each and every member of the House, get Senate concurrence, endorsed by two-third of the 36 State Houses of Assembly and be assented to by the President. It is a cheap blackmail on the part of Hon. Jibrin to even insinuate that he was removed because he opposed immunity bill.
He should not distract the House from giving legislative support on important issues facing the government concerning the revival of the economy, insecurity in the country, pursuit of anti-corruption measures, poverty alleviation, infrastructural development etc. The Nigerian people are simply not ready to waste their time on personal issues and personal egos of our leaders. We should face the urgent tasks before us for which we were elected.
Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas
House Committee on Media & Publicity