Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin, has challenged the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun and others, to furnish anti-graft agencies with details and proof of allegations that have raised against him.
Dogara, through the House spokesman, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, had said discrepancies had been found of Abdulmumin’s tenure as Chairman of the Committee on Finance, in the seventh assembly.
He was also accused of mishandling sensitive information, and blackmail.
Abdulmumin in a statement yesterday, again insisted that Dogara removed him due to his independent mindedness, and unwillingness to play ball.
“I have said it repeatedly and wish to restate that I did nothing wrong and I committed no offense. I did not abuse my office nor corruptly enrich myself in the five years I have been in the House,” he said.
The lawmaker also debunked fears that his ‘whistle blowing’ would affect the House, saying it would rather free the institution from the grip of corrupt vested interests and restore its integrity.
“While Dogara and the other 12 corrupt members are running from pillar to post trying to re define padding, avoid the anticorruption agencies, looking for cover or soft landing, I have held several meetings with the agencies, provided useful documents and vital information. They obviously have so much to hide, so much to fear,” he added.
The statement reads in part: “I have repeatedly urged Speaker Dogara and his gang of 12 corrupt members to feel free and forward any allegations they have against me to the anti-corruption agencies. That is if they finally find something beyond the lame allegations of “immaturity” and “betrayal”, which I have dealt with in my memoir series that will commence in a few days. I am not in anyway immune to investigation and prosecution if found wanting. I have pledged to stand as witness against them on this matter; they can as well stand witness against me.”
He further said: “I strongly believe that what is happening today is beyond Abdulmumin or Dogara. It is clearly from God. It is a clear sign that Almighty God has answered the prayers of Mr President to completely wipe corruption out of Nigeria. This is what I have always wanted to do, fight and expose corruption in the House.
“I have fought corruption internally in the House. Now, I cherish this rare opportunity to do it externally. Yes, it is coming after I left as chairman of appropriations which some people still question. But does that in anyway affect the substance of the allegations I have raised so far? As events unfold, Nigerians will come to realise that this is what I have always wanted to do, fight corruption! I strongly believe that God has prepared me all my life for this. It is a non-negotiable destiny of mine.
“I say to Dagara and the 3 other principal officers, the House of Representatives belongs to Nigerians, listen to their voices, take a moment and listen perhaps you will do the right thing.”