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Lawmaker wins award in UK, dedicates it to suffering Nigerians

House of Reps member, Abdulmumin Jibrin was honoured by London newspaper, African Voice, for his fight against corruption.

Abdulmumin Jibrin

Jibrin was honoured by London based newspaper, African Voice, for his commitment to legislative duties and his fight against corruption.

“The African Voice Leadership in Governance Awards recognizes African leaders who have shown dedication to developing their state/countries, by demonstrating exemplary leadership,” Publisher, Mike Abiola said in a letter to Jibrin.

“The attention of the international community has been drawn to your commitment to the people of Nigeria and Kano state in particular. Your effort in helping to eradicate corruption is commendable,” he added.

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Jibrin, on his apart, thanked the publication for honouring him at “a very difficult and challenging time.”

“Thank you African Voice Newspaper for this award. The award is a huge morale booster because it is coming at a very difficult and challenging period,” he said according to The Cable.

“It’s a period I had to leave my post as appropriations chairman of the house of representatives, suspended through subterranean means by Speaker Yakubu Dogara and received several threats to my life by the highly placed public officials I accused of corruption.

“My offence is disagreeing with some corrupt leaders of the house including the Speaker over the 2016 budget fraud and insisting that the right thing must be done, exposing individual and systemic corruption in the house and rejecting immunity for principal officers of the house.

“Despite the difficulties I am going through, I will never be cowed to silence. I assure you I will never retreat from this worthy line of action. I shall remain committed to the fight against corruption in the House of Representatives and Nigeria as a whole.

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“I dedicate this award to millions of Nigerians home and abroad who are suffering today because of the massive theft of our common wealth, budget fraud and monumental corruption in the House of Representatives which assumed an unprecedented dimension under the leadership of speaker Yakubu Dogara,” he added.

Jibrin has been the centre of controversy since July when he accused Dogara and other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget.

He was suspended from the House on September 28 over the scandal.

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