House Majority Whip, Doguwa, Labels Jibrin a ‘Psychiatric Case’
The aftermath of the budget padding scandal has seen the majority Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, slam the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, as a psychiatric case unworthy of attention.
Doguwa made the remark in response to an inquiry over a letter written by Jibrin to all 360 members of the House, Punch writes.
In continuation of his battle with the leadership of the House, Jibrin had written his colleagues on September 16, 2016, demanding the resignation of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, the Chief Whip, Alhassan Doguwa and the Minority Leader, Leo Ogor.
The Kano State-born lawmaker stated that they could not act as judges in their own case and as such should step aside to allow for a thorough investigation.
“Speaker Dogara, acting in concert with the three other principal officers and as against my advice, inserted wasteful and fraudulent projects for their constituencies worth about N20 billion in a House where some members’ constituencies barely had nothing in the budget,” Jibrin stated.
“I complained to Speaker Dogara that the chairmen of about 10 out of the 96 standing committees of the House had inserted over 2,000 projects worth about N284 billion without the knowledge of their committee members. But my complaint was ignored because the Speaker was acting in concert with them. So is it Hon Abdulmumin that inserted 2,000 projects worth N284bn in the budget?”
Reacting to the latest salvo from Jibrin, Doguwa stated that it was high time Nigerians and indeed the press disregard and ignore any statement or communication coming from Abdulmumin Jibrin, the sacked Appropriation Committee Chairman.
“He has already lost moral conscience. He has now realised that he is fighting a lost battle with no single reasonable member behind him.
However, Doguwa stated that upon resumption on Tuesday, the House would rather focus on important legislative issues that affect the economy rather than waste valuable time on Hon Jibrin.
“He is just a psychiatric case that everyone must condemn. Members must remain focused and never allow themselves to get distracted by the nuisance Jibrin,” he blasted.
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