Former chairman house of representatives committee on appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, says he has no doubt that Yakubu Dogara, the speaker, is going to jail for allegedly padding the 2016 budget.
Marking the 100th day since he commenced his “crusade to expose the budget fraud”, Jibrin restated his call for the arrest of the accused persons and vowed not to back down, and expressed optimism that the “truth shall prevail”.
“Today marks 100 days since I commenced the crusade to expose budget fraud and corruption committed and institutionalised in the house of representatives by speaker YakubuDogara, Yusuf Lasun, AlhassanDoguwa, Leo Ogor and fraudsters like Herman Hembe,” he said in a statement.
“To commemorate this day, I urge the honourable members of the house to join millions of Nigerians in the call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Speaker Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa, Ogor, Hembe and the few other fraudulent and corrupt cabal in the house of representatives.
“I have no doubt that with the overwhelming evidence against them, speaker Dogara and his co-travellers will eventually go to jail.
“The house must deal with this issue for once and also embrace reforms that will open up the house and strengthen it to perform its constitutional function or remain a laughing stock in the eyes of Nigerians. But also important is to unite the house, as it has become glaring that Speaker Dogara has become a divisive element that has divided the house across religious, ethic and other negative lines.
“Dogara has inflicted a monumental damage to the image of the house. Those that suspended me may as well extend the suspension to 2019 as I will never retreat from this anti-corruption crusade of exposing individual and systemic corruption in the house.
“If that turns out to be the case, three years is such a short period of time in Nigeria except for those playing God like speaker Dogara. I shall meet them if not soon, at the end of the tunnel-2019. The truth shall prevail.”