Former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin has called some House of Representatives members ‘thieves’ and ‘shameless.’
This came after the rowdy session engendered by the motion in the House calling for his suspension.
Jibrin on his twitter handle during a night drive Wednesday tweeted ‘Dinner then a peaceful night drive❤️…make I enjoy small before I go deal with those shameless thieves…?’
Abdulmumin Jibrin also in a press statemet on the same twitter handle declared that he will not appear before the Ethics Committee unless the proceedings are made public and that Nigerians are being taken for granted..
‘I am ready to appear before the committee even today if the proceeding will be public’
Below are some of the tweets and the press statement.
‘Interesting day at the House. Nigerians are being taken for granted. The next few days will be decisive! I will tweet my position shortly
The allegations are too grievous to be reduced to such process open to manipulation and tele-guiding.
I will therefore continue to cooperate with the anti-graft agencies who are already investigation the matter.
I will also proceed to build a massive coalition with CSO & well-meaning Nigerians to ensure that this matter is not swept under the carpet.
I am ready to appear before the committee even today if the proceeding will be public
Predictably, in his speech, Mr Speaker tried to drag the House into the matter to give the impression that the entire House is the accused.
I wish to state for the umpteenth times that the allegations are against Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa, Ogor and few others; NOT the entire House.
You will recall that Mr Speaker had tried unsuccessfully in the past to drag other institutions and individuals into this matter.
It will be tragic if the House condones a situation where some few corrupt members will commit offence and
then use the institution of the House as a shield to evade justice. This is the script Speaker Dogara is trying to implement.
It is a known fact that the Speaker was able to rally support at the caucus meetings he organized by applying heavy blackmail on members.
I wish to call on members to be courageous and live above such blackmail & deal urgently and decisively with these individual allegations.
Anything short of this, will drag the entire House into a scandal that it has never witnessed. This is what the Speaker & his cabals want.
Typical of a drowning person, he wants everybody to go down with him. We must not allow ourselves to fall into his trap.
The bad news is that in the face of such grievous allegations on Mr Speaker, which members are aware of, and his decision to sit tight, the Speaker has become a lame duck.
But more painfully is that we will continue to call them Principal officers though in the short run.
Let me use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that the struggle has just begun and there is no going back.”