‘When an antelope is bold enough to attack a lion, it must have the backing of an oracle’ Abdulmumin’s Jibrin’s attack on the House of Representatives has proven this age long proverb to be correct.
In a recent interview, the lawmaker reveals that he has the support of former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, whom he said was happy with his ‘exposure’ of Dogara’s alleged fraud in the house.
When asked by the interviewer if he was getting support from Nigerians, Jibrin said;
A lot of Nigerians have been supportive. I want to specially thank former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He’s been encouraging me to hold on. But you know, in his usual way, he would say, ‘All of you people are the same. But I am happy that you’ve pulled out of them and you are exposing them. We will continue to give you support.’ That occasional intervention has helped me to stay on track. I believe that a lot of members of the House of Representatives are corrupt – but, not all. There are still a few that are honest. They have integrity. They are pained by what is happening in the institution. They are overpowered. I remember there was a statement Obasanjo made some time ago that there were lawmakers who came to Abuja in trailers and are now driving cars worth between N20m and N40m. He is right. That is the problem we have in the House of Representatives. We need to do background checks on people before they find their way into the House.
He also said that his 180 day suspension will not stand. In his words;
Legally, it cannot. There was precedence. The constitution is clear: you can only get a member out of the House through recall and the constitution is supreme. The Legislative Privileges Act only allows the House to suspend a member for one sitting day. The House rules stipulate that you can only suspend a member for only 14 days. Therefore, legally, there is no way this can stand. They only suspended me because they wanted to save face. I raised allegations but they have not responded.