REPS Fight Dirty
The crisis of confidence that hit the Nigerian House of Representatives, with the sacking of the immediate past Chairman House Committee on Appropriation, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin by the Speaker House of Represntative Hon. Yakubu Dogara has further shown that the elites at the upper echelon of the government are not in tune with the economic reality of the moment. It further confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari is a lone ranger in his anti corruption crusade, while others are ready to subvert his lofty goal.
Trouble started when crisis hit the camp of the Speaker which pitched him against one of his die hard supporters- the sacked Ex- Chairman on Appropriation, who was relieved of his post, by Mr. Speaker on the allegation of incompetency, this forced the embattled Hon. Member to blow the lid on the budget padding scandal, from where further can of worms were opened.
While demanding for the resignation of the Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun Yusuf, Whip Abu Doguwa and minority Leader Leo Ogor, Jubrin said they were not comfortable with his independent mind and refusal to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves 40 billion naira out of the 100 million allocated to the entire National Assembly.
In the ongoing National Assembly fisticuff, Jubrin has become accidential activist, though, some see his ranting as after thought, but it has placed a burden of confidence at the door step of the Principla Officers, justifying the ill fillings in some quarters that Nigeria may be heading for rock.
We are of the opinion, that attempt by the spokesman of the House to turn the whistle blowing move of Hon. Jubrin to offence against the whole House is uncalled for, and diversionary tact, which should be condemned. We hope that the Executive arm of government will not remain silent on this issue, but must show political commitment to launch holistic probe into this dirty fight to save our nation.