On Tuesday, a former Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Mr Abdulmumin Jibrin, declined to comment on the controversial N37bn budgeted for the renovation of a portion of the National Assembly complex.
The renovation will cover only the famous ‘White House,’ which houses the chambers of the Senate, the House of Representatives, some committees’ offices and the office of the Clerk to the National Assembly
But, the hitherto vocal All Progressives Congress lawmaker, who is known for opposing ‘budget padding’ and other perceived financial infractions by the legislature, avoided the issue of the N37bn on Tuesday.
Jibrin, who is from Kano State, had visited the Presidential Villa, Abuja, for a meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
He had been sacked from the House on November 1 by the Court of Appeal, which also ordered a repeat election in his Bebeji Federal Constituency.
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Aliyu Datti-Yako, had challenged the outcome of the February 23 poll that saw the Independent National Electoral Commission returning Jibrin as the winner.
When State House Correspondents sought his reaction to the N37bn NASS renovation budget, Jibrin said, “You know that right now, I am not a member of the National Assembly.
“I am preparing for my rerun election, which has been ordered by the court.”
Jibrin, who was in 2016 suspended from the House for 180 legislative days over his budget padding allegation, also denied that he had a rift with the Kano State Governor, Mr Abdullahi Ganduje.
Instead, he claimed to have visited Buhari to discuss the President’s achievements in office in 2019.
Jibrin said, “I had an audience with Mr President to discuss with him all the achievements during the year; to commend him on the progress we have made in the economy, fight against corruption and the issue of security in the country.
“By and large, it’s been an excellent year for the President and the government, and I think we all have the responsibility to commend him. That’s what we discussed, essentially.”
Asked to speak on his rumoured quarrel with Ganduje, he said, “That’s not true. We are working harmoniously, and I am sure that the rerun election will be very successful, not only in Kano for the APC but all over the country where the rerun will be held on the 25th.
“My relationship with my governor is cordial; he has always been a father, and nothing has changed.”
Is Godwin Emefiele, the suspended CBN Governor, a saboteur? Emma Agu asks.
I recently expressed my concerns about the arrest and subsequent detention of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank. It is important to note that my views on this matter are objective and unbiased.
The Department of State Services (D.S.S) has officially charged Emefiele with various offenses, including illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, criminal breach of trust, incitement to violence, criminal misappropriation of public funds, economic sabotage, economic crimes of national security significance, and undermining security.
However, despite being granted bail by the court, there were incidents where security operatives openly fought to re-arrest him. Due to my history of speaking out against our nation’s problems for many years, I refrained from writing about it as it felt futile. Speaking out on such matters exposes one to unnecessary security risks. Nevertheless, I am compelled to share a few words due to this case’s circumstances.
During former President Buhari’s first term in office, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and released on bail but later re-arrested in an attempt by the government at that time (which failed to present a solid case)to diminish his influence. The government failed hopelessly over and over again to prove a case against him as they held him indefinitely.
What the government does to Nnamdi Kanu differs significantly from my understanding of justice. Government security operatives are holding Nnamdi Kanu inhumanely. During my last visit to Abuja when his brother, wife, and lawyer paid me a visit, I was informed about Nnamdi Kanu’s inhumane conditions. While I may have had conflicts with Nnamdi Kanu before, the government has yet to prove its case against him; he should be released. Igboland needs peace. The man should be allowed back home unless the Federal Government is content with the prevailing security situation in Igboland.
People should not be detained indefinitely; they should only be charged when sufficient evidence exists for a successful prosecution. It is crucial to treat individuals as human beings regardless of their circumstances. This viewpoint would apply equally if anyone were detained for an extended period without any clear conclusion. The unnecessary chaos involving Nigerian security forces, the executive, and judiciary branches makes Nigeria look like a Banana Republic, and we can do better.
While I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal analysis on this matter, considering the charges and the unfolding drama, this case presents significant challenges for the government in obtaining a guilty verdict. Additionally, one might question whether he would have been detained if there had been no difficulties for Nigerians in obtaining new Naira notes.
While many of my followers may believe he deserves punishment, I kindly ask you to view this matter objectively. Many people think Bola Tinubu wants to punish him because he was against his candidacy. We are watching closely. The charges against the man might arise from a personal vendetta, suggesting there is more to this situation than meets the eye. The available information accessible to the public is limited, and everyone must pay attention.
Emma Agu, alias AlahBama, writes from New York City.
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“Yesterday (Friday), I received the rude and shocking news of someone deeply dear to me and all of the HOTR family. The passing of Pastor Yinka Akinbami has become most painful because if there truly were good men, he was certainly one. To my brother, sleep well till we meet to part no more.
“Family, kindly allow me to solicit your intercession for his dear wife of over 30 years; Pastor Tolu, his children, his children-in-law, and grandchildren. We can only at best imagine how much pain they are feeling. We share the pain of his loss but they will feel it a lot more.
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