Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 13, recalled Abdulmumin Jibrin, a lawmaker representing APC- Kano Kiru-Bebeji Constituency in Kano state, northern Nigeria from suspension.
The recall of the House Chairman, Committee on Appropriation, comes after the latter tended a letter of apology to the lawmakers.
The letter of apology was announced during plenary by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.
ALEDEH recalls that Jibrin was suspended by the House of Representatives September 28, 2016, for 180 legislative days in a motion recommended by House Ethics Committee chairman, Nicholas Ossai, and adopted by the whole House.
The Kano state politician was suspended by the House after he accused the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara and some principal officers of padding the 2016 budget, an allegation which those listed denied.
Apart from raising budget padding allegations, Jibrin had also said some lawmakers were not “worthy” to belong to the house.
A statement he issued by him at the time read: “Lately I openly disagreed with some principal officers on the issue of immunity for lawmakers and budget issues. I still maintained I will never support immunity.
“I strongly believe with every conviction that in cleaning up the budgeting system and considering what transpired during 2016 budget which I have all the facts documented, Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and minority Leader Leo Ogor should resign.
“My inability to admit into the budget almost 30 billion personal requests from Mr Speaker and the 3 other principal officers also became an issue. I have every documented evidence to this effect.
“I gave Mr Speaker statistics of 2000 new projects introduced into the budget by less than 10 committee chairmen without the knowledge of their committee members he did nothing about it because he was part of the mess yet he is talking about improving the budget system.
“I did nothing wrong. I worked within the rules of the House and instructions of Mr Speaker”, Jibrin had said.