The former Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin has said that House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, 12 other members of the House who were indicted in his petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and “some vested interests within and outside the House” want to take his life.
He made this known in an 82-Tweet statement on Sunday.
“I no longer feel safe. I have carefully followed their desperation to suppress what will go down in history as the biggest corruption case in Nigeria. I have prepared myself for any eventuality. I have spoken to my mum and dad extensively during the weekend.
I have prepared my family. I have handed a handwritten note and documents to a SAN,a man of integrity and other persons that I believe will lay it bare if they kill me,” he said.
The lawmaker said that his allegations were not against the House, but against Dogara, 3 other principal officers, and the 9 others mentioned in his petition.
He said that there were “tens of other criminal charges” apart from padding in his petition.
Jibrin said that the agenda to blackmail him is being coordinated by 2 serving governors and 3 former House members.
“Nigerians should know that the whole agenda of this blackmail is being coordinated by two serving Governors and three former members. I will give their names in due course. They have been running pillar to post and I keep wondering what really are they afraid of,” he said.
Jibrin who announced that he and Dogara’s party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) had asked him and Dogara to stop making public statements on the issue said that he was forced to make this statement after he discovered “a grand plan by the group of 2 Governors and 3 former members designed to provide soft-landing for Dogara and 12 others”.
He said they planned to “give them time to clean up the mess on their desk; destroy whatever evidence in their possession and spread money across members to buy signature; try to scare and drag as many people as they can into this matter; invade the party and top government officials and influential people that have the ears of the president and try to change the media and public narrative by embarking on very expensive media campaign to discredit and attack my person with all manner of lies they can concoct”.
Jibrin, reacting to Dogara’s statement on Television that padding is not an offence said:
So the Speaker is saying the nine roads he inserted into the budget which he fraudulently sandwiched into 4 roads and inserted billions into that without any design or costing is not an offense?
Or the water project he hijacked from the budget and took to his farm is not an offense? Or moving ten solar boreholes to a place that probably requires just two is not an offense?
This has really proved that Speaker Dogara is the son, father, grandfather and great grandfather of padding! Nigerians are watching!!!
These allegations are on Speaker Dogara and 12 others and will not in anyway bring down the House, the Senate or the Executive arm of government as they are claiming in their widely spread propaganda.
Jibrin said that the 2 serving governors and 3 former House members have blocked every avenue for him to get to President Buhari.
“I am therefore left with no choice than to plead with all our former Heads of State: Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Ernest Shonekan, Gen Abdulsalam Abubakar and Dr Goodluck Jonathan; the diplomatic community, Ambassador of the United States of America, High Commissioner of United Kingdom, the German and French Ambassadors, and all well-meaning Nigerians to join in the call on the corrupt and fraudulent Speaker Dogara and 3 others to reconvene the House immediately, step aside and allow for external investigation and also call on the anti-corruption agencies to expedite action on investigation and commencement of prosecution in line with the anti corruption stands of this government,” he added.