Thirty days of Dogara-gate scandal

Thirty days of Dogara-gate scandal
August 22 18:59 2016

By Abdulmumin Jibrin

Under Speaker Yakubu Dogara,
 corruption in the House
has gone nuclear. It is a
known fact that legislative
investigations are used as
avenues to extort money
in an organised crime
aided and abetted by Mr.
Speaker.

This situation
has gone so bad that
members have named
such investigations as
“commercial motions”.
The fact is corruption has
become the biggest
business in the House
under Speaker Dogara and
his cohorts.

Today marks one month since we commenced
the struggle to expose budget fraud and wipe
out corruption in the House of Representatives.
It has been a month of startling revelations;
thirty days of threats and intimidations; and
720 hours of fervent struggle to exterminate
corruption in the lower legislative chamber.

Although it is trite to observe that corruption
has eaten deep into the nation’s fabric, but the
systemic corruption in the House, especially
under the leadership of Yakubu Dogara, is
second to none.
My resolve to champion this cause was borne
out of patriotism and desire to complement the
present administration’s anti-corruption war
from the legislative front.

We have remained resolute and steadfast 
despite the blackmail, propaganda and
campaign of calumny sponsored by Speaker
Dogara and his cabal, while ignoring all the
allegations raised against them.
During this period, they have struggled to settle
on one single allegation against me or a single
reason for “sacking” me that can stand the test
of truth. Everyday the reason for “sacking” me
continues to change.

The truth remains that Speaker Dogara, Lasun,
Doguwa, Ogor and others committed
monumental fraud in the 2016 budget which
can be prosecuted under our laws. We will
explore all legal avenues to ensure that justice is
served.
I have stated severally that Speaker Dogara and
the other accused Principal Officers have
completely lost the moral ground to continue in
their various offices.

They should, therefore,
reconvene the House immediately and step
aside to allow for investigation without
interference. Speaker Dogara cannot be a judge
in his own case, as the legal maxim, nemo judex
in parte sua , provides.
I dare say corruption in
the House of
Representatives today is
more than that of the
Executive and Judiciary
combined. We shall go on
and continue to expose
corruption and corrupt
persons in the House.

I 
have said repeatedly that I
will continue this struggle
even if I am alone.
It
will
be
the 10th wonder of the world if Speaker Dogara
and the three other Principal Officers are
allowed to continue in office. It will amount to
having a corrupt man and fraudster as Speaker
– the fourth citizen of the federal republic
under this dispensation which has zero
tolerance for corruption.
This should go concurrently with wide ranging
reforms to restore the glory and honour of the
House. Obviously Speaker Dogara lacks the
integrity to superintend over such reforms.

That
 is why I keep emphasising that this whole issue
is beyond Speaker Dogara.
Under Speaker Dogara, corruption in the House
has gone nuclear. It is a known fact that
legislative investigations are used as avenues to
extort money in an organised crime aided and
abetted by Mr. Speaker. This situation has gone
so bad that members have named such
investigations as “commercial motions”.

The 
fact is corruption has become the biggest
business in the House under Speaker Dogara
and his cohorts.
I dare say corruption in the House of
Representatives today is more than that of the
Executive and Judiciary combined. We shall go
on and continue to expose corruption and
corrupt persons in the House. I have said
repeatedly that I will continue this struggle even
if I am alone. I wish to commend the efforts of
other comrades and colleagues, especially
members of the Transparency and Integrity
Group for their courage in standing for the
truth. I am confident that together we shall, in
the end, conquer.

Abdulmumin Jibrin is a member of All Progressives
Congress (APC) representing the Kiru-Bebeji
Federal Constituency, Kano in the House of
 Representatives.