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Jubrin: Anti-Corruption Fight Gets A Bloody Nose

Posted: Oct 4, 2016 at 4:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


By Ikechi Nzeako

Practically all students and observers of Nigerian politics agree that corruption is the major cause of poverty and underdevelopment in the country.

However, they disagree on the best way to end the scourge, which has eaten deep into the fabrics of the nation. The disagreement is furthers made complex by issues of religion, ethnicity and related issues.

When Abdulmumin Jibrin accused the leadership of the House of Representatives of padding the 2016 budget, many Nigerians thought that it would lead to opening of a can of worms and the fall of the leadership of the House. They were dead wrong.

The lawmaker also accused members of the House of collecting illegal allowances and gave them a three-day ultimatum to return them. They did not return the money; they rather sided with leadership of the House and accused him of bringing the House into disrepute.

As always the case in the country, it was believed also that it would have a positive impact of the fight against corruption in the country.

This did not happen. Rather, there were accusations and counter-accusations as the House threatened to suspend Jubrin. He appealed to Nigerians not to allow the House to humiliate him. Nothing happened.

The House got their pound of flesh on Wednesday as they suspended the lawmaker from Kano for 180 legislative days.

The House sits three days in a week and this consequently meant that Jibrin’s suspension would last more than a year.

In a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House, Jibrin would also not be able to hold any position of responsibility for the span of the current National Assembly.

“We knew they would gang up against him as they did against Mr. Melaye,” Mr. Oba said. “This clearly shows that the House has failed to move beyond its counter-productive ways of suspending anyone who challenges the status quo.”

Jibrin said the campaign had earned him “blackmail, propaganda and campaign of calumny” from Speaker Dogara, lawmakers loyal to him and their proxies.

Speaking on his suspension Jubrin said he would not be cowed, adding that he would be heading for the court to upturn the suspension.

Would the court hearken to his plea? Would Nigeria ever be free from the clutches of corruption? Time will tell.