- The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, narrates Abdulmumin Jibrin's encounter with President Buhari over the allegation that the 2017 budget was padded
- Nigerian state legislators declares support for Not Too Young To Run bill
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has revealed how President Muhammadu Buhari faulted Abdulmumin Jibrin's allegation that the 2017 budget was padded.
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Dogara in a new book said a simple question from the president to Abdulmumin Jibrin put paid to his allegation about the budget padding in the House of Representatives, The Cable reports.
Jibrin had alleged that the 2017 budget was padded to the tune of over N284 billion by Dogara and three other principal officers of the House of Representaives.
According to Dogara’s account, on meeting with Buhari to make his case, Jibrin was asked by the president if it is possible for four officers to pad a budget in a national assembly made up of 469 members — and told him not to raise the issue with him again without providing an answer.
Dogara said: “Although Hon. Jibrin himself had subtly blackmailed Mr President on a Channels TV interview, he still managed to get some elements in the security services to ferry him before Mr. President where he made the allegations of padding against us.
“As a principled and experienced leader that the President is, he sought to know where the other leaders of NASS were when the budget was padded by just four leaders of the house. None of our traducers could answer the question. Since he does not suffer fools gladly, he told them that except they answer the question nobody should bring up the subject matter to him again.
“That was how the lying cowards left him and never returned. They dare not mention anyone in the Senate or the House Leadership when every informed person knew that no position on any aspect of the budget can be taken without the concurrence of the Senate.”
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Meanwhile, the needed approval of two-thirds majority of the 36 Houses of Assembly of the federation for the Not Too Young To Run bill to become a law in Nigeria seems to have gotten the nod of Nigerian legislators at the state level.
This is due to the assurance by the speaker of the Kwara state House of Assembly, Honourable Ali Ahmad, that the bill will be passed by the various state Houses of Assembly before Christmas day this year.
He stated that the campaign for young people to take over leadership positions is a global affair and not just a Nigerian issue.
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