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Jibrin ‘God is using me to answer Buhari’s prayers against corruption,’ Lawmaker says

Jibrin also said that his revelations about the alleged budget padding scandal were an answer to President Muhammadu Buhari’s prayers to rid Nigeria of corruption.

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The former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin has said that he has always wanted to expose corruption in the House.

Jibrin also said that his revelations about the alleged budget padding scandal were an answer to President Muhammadu Buhari’s prayers to rid Nigeria of corruption.

The lawmaker made the comments via a statement released on Tuesday, August 9, 2016.

Jibrin has accused Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and other members of the House of smuggling N284 billion into the 2016 budget.

The statement reads:

Since the corrupt Speaker Yakubu Dogara made the public comment that padding is NOT an offense, the question on the lips of Nigerians is why then did the same Speaker Dogara said he "sacked" me on the grounds of padding allegations?

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 5 years I have been in the House.

The only reason why they wanted me out is my independent-mindedness, resistance to corruption and my refusal to "play ball" on the gross abuse of office they institutionalized in the House. They simply want to have someone that can do their corrupt bidding.

Now that I have exposed the fact that Speaker Dogara and the 3 others are the padders, padding is no longer an offense, Shame! Shame!! and shame!!! As it stands today, these corrupt elements have infiltrated the House, making the institution a hub of systemic corruption.

I repeat, there is massive individual and institutional corruption in the House of Representatives aided and abetted by the corrupt Speaker Dogara. All Nigerians have a responsibility to avail themselves of this rare opportunity to flush out corruption in the House.

I have pledged my continuous support and assistance to the security and anti-corruption agencies. Let me also state that contrary to some myopic opinion that it would affect the institution of the House, it will rather free the institution of the grip of these corrupt vested interests, restore its integrity and shape it to become a pride to Nigerians home and abroad.

While Speaker Dogara and the other 12 corrupt members are running from pillar to post trying to re define padding, avoid the anti-corruption 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.

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.

To them, maturity is simply to suppress and hide corruption. I am not in any way 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.

I strongly believe that what is happening today is beyond Hon Abdulmumin or Speaker 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 Appropriations which some people still question.

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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 Speaker Yakubu 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!!! God bless.

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