FROM 2003 till date, takings by each of the principal officers in the House of Representatives range from N650 million to N1.5 billion, immediate past chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, has alleged.
There are nine principal officers in the House, including Speaker Yakubu Dogara, while the Senate has 10.
In a series of tweets on his personal handle on Saturday, Jibrin, who has been having a running battle with Dogara since his removal from office, said the revelation became necessary to provide clarification on the “controversial members’ allowances.”
Entitled Disclosure on Controversial Members’ Allowance: Clarification and Addendum 1-14, Jibrin in the statement alleged that Dogara, who has been in the House since 2007, has received N1.5 billion as allowances till date.
According to him, the Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, who has been in the House from 2011 till now has received N800 million as allowances.
House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, for his membership of the House since 2003, was said to have pocketed N1.2 billion as allowances. Deputy House leader, Umar Jibril, got N1.2 billion from 2003.
“Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, who has been in the House from 2003 [received] N1.2 billion. Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa has been in the House 2007-date, [got] N1.2 billion.Deputy Whip, Pally Iriase, has been in the House 2011-date [got] N700 million.”
He disclosed that he himself got N650 million as allowances from 2011 till date, explaining that the manner he spent every penny had been documented and published.
“Deputy Minority Whip Binta (2011-date) N700 million; Minority Whip Yakubu Umar Barde (2003-date) N1.2 billion. Deputy minority Leader Chukwuka Onyema (2007-11) and (2015-date) N800 million
“Deputy Minority Leader, Chukwuka Onyema, from 2007-2011 and 2015-till date pocketed N800 million allowances. Minority Whip, Yakubu Barde, N1.2 billion from 2003,” he said.
Jibrin, who said he had been uncomfortable all along with the ‘jumbo allowance,’ challenged any of the mentioned officers to controvert his claims and publish their versions.
“I have never been comfortable with the money! Thank God the allowances have reached their Waterloo! The country and House will be better off,” he added.