Jibrin: How Not To Be Dishonourable By Kosa Onyemere
The recent outbursts by Abdulmumin Jibrin, member of the House of Representatives, representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State, against the leadership of the House and by extension the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, should come as no surprise to discerning observers who are familiar with his antecedents. For a man who has repeatedly managed to put himself in the eye of the storm in recent times, taking on the leadership of the House and the institution to which he belongs in a political macabre dance, surely seemed easy and straight forward, perhaps even winnable; only that this time around, he has bitten more than he can chew, and has no moral standing ground. Those who come to equity must do so with clean hands, and Jibrin’s hands are far from clean.
In the lead up to the emergence of the 8th Assembly, Jibrin was a very visible and vocal member of the House, and one of the first to publicly rebel against his party, the APC’s zoning formula for the House of Reps Principal Positions. Jibrin was the spokesman of the Consolidation Group, a group of like-minded members who revolted against APC’s zoning formula and wholly threw their weight behind the candidature of the current speaker, Yakubu Dogara. It was a move that earned the group and its members the respect and admiration of a section of the Nigerian public, who saw it as germane and healthy for our democracy. Thus, it came as no surprise to many when he was made the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation after the emergence of Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker. The battle had been fought and won, and all was set to be rosy and cordial, except that Jibrin had other intentions.
The film village that Jibrin also snuck into the budget for his constituency has been rejected by the people of Kano state, despite his fraudulent attempt to name it after the President in order to appease both President Buhari and the people. What a strange character!