In a no-holds-barred interview with Channels TV which was aired
yesterday evening, sacked chairman of the House of the
Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, says
he was never part of the 2016 padding which he described as
â€œWell, I wasnâ€™t part of the insertions but I think I also didnâ€™t help myself because I started speaking quite late. The event that pushed me to start talking doesnâ€™t look too attractive to people because they are saying why am I talking now that I have left the positionâ€.
Jibrin in the interview denied claims of inserting projects worth N4.1 billion for his constituency into the budget
â€œAbsolutely false. My problem is that I wasnâ€™t talking. I came into the National Assembly pretty young and psychologically, you are made to believe that when you are chairman of appropriation, you have to be secretiveâ€he said.
When asked if the House of Representatives is corrupt, Jibrin said â€œThere is corruption in the house of Representatives. There is institutional corruption and these are things I can proveâ€.
According to Jibrin, Former President Olusegun Obasanjo wasnâ€™t completely wrong when he described the National Assembly as a house filled with rogues and thieves
â€œObasanjo is not completely wrong. There is corruption. The only thing is that we keep living in denial. I have been part of the system and I know there is corruption in the system and there is also institutional corruption in that systemâ€he said.
Jibrin says even though he has been in the house for 5 years, he has never been involved in any act of corruption.
â€œI have never been in any act corruption. I have never shared money in the National assembly. Never!â€he said