September 28, 2016

Jibrin Suspended by House of Reps for 180 Legislative Days

The House of Representatives has suspended Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, a lawmaker from Kano at the centre of the unfolding budget padding scandal, for 180 legislative days.

The House seats three days in a week and this consequently means that Mr. Jibrin’s suspension would last more than a year.

In a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House, Jibrin will also not be able to hold any position of responsibility for the span of the current National Assembly. Will Hon. Jibrin accepts his suspension?

Mr. Jibrin began stirring what experts now described as one Africa’s biggest parliamentary scandals in recent memory on July 21, a day after he was eased out as chairman of the powerful committee.

Although the House was taking a two-month recess at the time, Mr. Jibrin remained resolute in his quest to “end the massive corruption in the House.”

“My resolve to champion this cause is borne out of patriotism and desire to complement the present administration’s anti-corruption war from the legislative front,” Mr. Jibrin had said.

On July 30, the State Security Service sealed the secretariat of the Appropriation Committee in the National Assembly after Jibrin raised the alarm that Dogara had allegedly concluded plans to cart away computers and destroy evidence.

Some sympathisers of Mr. Jibrin saw his suspension as partisan, draconian and counterproductive.

“This show of partisanship and support for Mr. Dogara is condemnable and too severe,” said Gbola Oba, a political analyst.

We await Jibrin's next line of action.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is this how we will fight corruption in Nigeria?

inumidun said...

Wen d hunter becums d hunted..