The House of Representatives on Thursday insisted that, embattled lawmaker representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency of Kano State and former Chairman of the House committee on Appropriations, Abdulmumin Jibrin, must apologise before he would be exonerated of any wrongdoing and subsequently readmitted into the House.
The position of the House was made known through the chairman House Committee on Media and Public affairs, Hon. Abdulrazaq Namdas, while briefing newsmen on the activities of the House during a weekly media session in Abuja.
Namdas stated that Abdulmumin Jibrin is expected to notify the House formally after the completion of the suspension, apologise to the House and meet other conditions listed by the Ethics and Privileges Committee of the House before he can be re-admitted.
He stated, “I have also asked the Ethics and Privileges Committee Chairman about the issue and he said the 180 days suspension is not over.
“Jibrin will also have to notify the House. He will write an apology letter too. You know there are other conditions he will have to meet to complete the procedure.”
While reacting through his Media Aide, Godwin Onyeacholem, Jibrin said that he was ready “to make whatever sacrifice for the good of the House of Representatives and Nigeria as a whole, so that posterity will remember him on the good side of history.”
He also described Namdas’ comments as insensitive and insultive to the people of his constituency. He said the people of his constituency, Kiru/Bebeji of Kano State, had protested his suspension.
He stated, “It is somewhat weird that the official spokesman for the House claims that he does not know the exact date that Jibrin’s purported suspension would lapse. That in itself speaks volume of the subterfuge and sinister motives around the whole issue.”
Recall that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara had announced the removal of Mr. Jibrin in a speech he read in plenary on July 20, alleging budget fraud and serial betrayal of trust.
Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin subsequently accused the Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers of the House of Budget padding.
Mr. Jibrin visited law enforcement agencies, including the EFCC, the SSS and the police, where he said he personally submitted petitions detailing evidence of fraudulent manipulation of budget by Mr. Dogara, his deputy Yusuf Lasun, House Whip, Alhassan Doguwa, Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, and nine others.
On September 28, 2016 , In a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House, AbdulMumin Jibriin was suspended for 180 legislative days.