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Pressure on Dogara after latest budget controversy

18 April 2016, 07:40Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The Save Nigeria Anti-Corruption Initiative (SNAI) has called for the resignation of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, over the controversy surrounding the Nigeria 2016 Appropriation bill.

He has been called to resign alongside Abdulmumin Jibril, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation after the bill was said to be manipulated in the National Assembly.

Olufemi Lawson SNAI, Executive Director, said it is “saddening” that members of the House of Representatives were now blaming the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin for tampering with the budget.

“This is in tandem with our independent investigation which shows, that most of the projects used in altering the content of the 2016 Budget were those in the constituency's of Honourable Jibril, Speaker Dogara and their accomplices,” said Lawson.

Also read: REVEALED: Law makers 'changed 2016 budget for own selfish interest'

“Going by the recent revelations, there is no doubt that Speaker Dogara, actively collaborated with Hon. Jibrin, whose Committee was majorly responsible for the entire process owning to the complacent nature of the Chairman and members of the same Committee at the upper chamber of the National Assembly, the Senate.”

Lawson said Dogara and Jibrin had been “found guilty in the court of public opinion.”

“To this end, to salvage what is left of the act of sabotage, unpatriotic tendency and blatant abuse of priviledge, we demand an immediate resignation of the speaker of the house of representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the removal of Jubrin as chairman of the house committee on appropriation.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had not signed the 2016 Appropriation bill into law following the latest controversy.

It emerged the , the National Assembly had removed entirely or reduced the costs of some of the key projects in the budget proposals, hence Lawson called for the resignation of the duo.

“Our nation cannot afford these light handed individuals as leaders else our future be collectively doomed.” 

- CAJ News


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