- Abdulmumin Jibrin declared that he must react to some allegations leveled against him
- Jibrin said President Buhari never tackled him on budget padding allegations he raised against Yakubu Dogara
- He maintained that he left as chairman appropriation after raising the budget padding allegations
Abdulmumin Jibrin former chairman of the house of representatives committee on appropriation said President Muhammadu Buhari did not attack him on budget padding allegations he raised against the speaker of house of representatives Yakubu Dogara.
The cable reports that Jibrin said he wrote three letters to the president but did not get a response.
According to his response, ''My attention has been drawn to excerpts of the book, A Reed Made Flint, an autobiography of speaker Dogara published by ovation and exclusively reported by TheCable.
''The report carried what are obviously verifiable bunch of lies in a desperate attempt to embark on an expensive image laundering by a panicky speaker who has commenced the traditional slide into being a lame duck as he enters the final phase where members’ loyalty fully return to their state and constituency leaders, thus politically making the speaker a toothless bulldog.
''I have restrained myself from commenting on this issue since I have done everything within my powers and the law to call for justice and several interventions from some of our leaders calling on me to stop further comments.
''I have therefore allowed the anti-graft and security agencies to play their role. But when such blatant lies are sold to the public in the guise of gospel truth, I have a responsibility to respond especially when the name of our President, Muhammadu Buhari, is shamelessly and disrespectfully dragged into it.
''However, while we wait for the full content of what is predictably a compendium of lies, distortions and misrepresentations of facts as far the issues relating to me are concerned, I will respond to some of the issues in the book as reported by the Cable.
''I met president to make my case where he turned me down and I was later again ferried to him by some security agents, where again he warned that the budget padding matter should never be brought before him.
''I wish to state categorically clear and without any iota of doubt that since I left as Chairman Appropriation after raising budget padding allegations and was later illegally and unconstitutionally suspended, I have never set my eyes on President Buhari.
''Neither have I ever at any point in time discussed the matter with the President. I wrote three letters seeking audience with the President to discuss the matter but I neither got any acknowledgement nor response.
''I doubt if he has even seen the letters. .Thereafter, when I noticed there was a barricade organized by Dogara around the President against me, I took my destiny in my own hands, continued the struggle and never made any attempt to see the President again.
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''Let me also state that there was never a time during this period that any security agent or agency ferried me to the president talk less of the president warning that the matter should never be brought before him.
''It is such a shame that in a desperate bid to score a cheap point, speaker has descended so low not to only propagate falsehood against me but on our president who is known for his integrity and forthrightness. Please leave president out of this matter.
''I believe that in view of the gravity of this matter, the media and all well-meaning Nigerians have a responsibility to ask the President to confirm if this event ever occurred between me and him. It is Dogara’s last resort to incite the president and presidency against me after all the attempts to witch-hunt me have failed.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Dogara narrated Jibrin's encounter with President Buhari over the allegation that the 2017 budget was padded.
Jibrin had alleged that the 2017 budget was padded to the tune of over N284 billion by Dogara and three other principal officers of the House of Representaives.
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