Abdulmumin Jibrin

The House of Representatives has dismissed a letter written by a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Media, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Sunday, described Jibrin as a “desperate man.”

He added, “His desperation is unfortunate. All the issues he wrote in the letter to Mr. President are not new.

“He already said he petitioned the EFCC, ICPC and other security agencies. Why is it that he doesn’t want the agencies to do their jobs?

“There are so many prominent Nigerians with petitions before the anti-graft agencies; Jibrin is not the only one.

“Is he saying that each of them should turn to the President that he should investigate their petitions?”

On the call to scrap the allowances of members, the spokesman said Jibrin was “selfish” for making that call.

“Is it now that he is no longer benefiting from the allowances that he wants the payments scrapped?” he asked.

The office of the Speaker of the House, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, said the Speaker had no further comments to make on Jibrin’s case because the House had dispensed with it.

However, it noted that if Jibrin wrote the Presidency, the latter should be contacted for comments and not the Speaker.

“We are done with this matter; so, for us, there is no comment.

“But, if he wrote the Presidency, they are the ones to comment, not the Speaker’s office because he did not copy the Speaker his letter,” the Special Adviser to Dogara on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, said.

The Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor, could not be reached for comments on Sunday.

Jibrin, who fled the country a few weeks ago, on Thursday, wrote an open letter to the President, seeking the prosecution of Dogara.

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