The Speaker of House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Wednesday relieved the Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, of his position, because of the crisis, which trailed the 2016 budget.
The PUNCH learnt that it was a decision long-awaited by members of the House, some of whom reacted to the announcement by jubilation on the floor in Abuja.
Jibrin, an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Kano State, was immediately replaced by another member from Kano State, Mr. Mustapha Bala-Dawaki
Bala-Dawaki was until Wednesday, the Chairman, House Committee on Housing.
However, Jibrin quickly denied that he was sacked. Rather, he stated that he met Dogara and told him that he could no longer continue as a chairman.
The Speaker, before making the announcement, informed members about how Jibrin earlier approached him to say that due to “pressure,” he was stepping down as the committee chairman.
However, speaking after his removal, Jibrin denied that he was sacked. Rather, he said he chose to step down as a “personal decision.”
But, he admitted that there were issues associated with the 2016 budget, which had generated anger in the House.
Jibrin added, “A lot of issues took place during the 2016 budget. I have said that if there is anything that amounts to abuse of my office or that amounts to illegality, it should be brought to my knowledge.
“Up till this day, nobody has brought anything forward. I am not at fault, but it is only proper that I take responsibility by stepping aside so that the work of the committee can continue.”
Jibrin said there were details and documents relating to the budget that he had yet to release, promising to make them available at the appropriate time.