Dogara Refutes Allegations Of Budget Padding

Yakubu Dogara

Former Chairman of House Appropriation Committee, Hon Abdulmumuni Jibrin yesterday alleged that Speaker Yakubu Dogara, tried to pad N30 billion into budget.

He went ahead to call him a coward and a hypocrite. However, the speaker in a statement by the spokesperson for the house, Abdulrazak Namdas, dismissed Mr. Jibrin’s claims. Here are some of the biggest takeaways from his statement.

1.The speaker said most of the allegations on the 2016 budget process and his opposition to immunity of Presiding officers are non-issues and mere afterthought manufactured simply because the House relieved him of his position.

2.He said if Jibrin had all these ‘facts’ before, why didn’t he make them public? Why is he doing that now?

3.Dogara said Jubril was not removed because of his support or otherwise on immunity bill. After all he is not the only one who opposed the bill.

4.He added that Jubril should not distract the House from giving legislative support on important issues facing the government concerning the revival of the economy, insecurity in the country, pursuit of anti-corruption measures, poverty alleviation, infrastructural development etc.

5.Lastly, he noted that the Nigerian people are simply not ready to waste their time on personal issues and personal egos of our leaders. We should face the urgent tasks before us for which we were elected.


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