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Jibrin apologizes to Buhari over resignation comment

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Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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By Nazifi Dawud

Abdulmumin Jibrin, the suspended member of the House of Representatives representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency, has apologized to President Muhammadu Buhari for asking him to resign due to ill-health.

Mr Jibrin had recently, in a series of tweets, asked the president to resign on due his failing health, saying Buhari was apparently not aware of the situation of the country.


The lawmaker however made a u-trun Friday in Kano and tendered an apology to Mr Buhari, the APC and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, saying his controversial remarks were misunderstood.

He also said his constituents disowned him under duress on Wednesday.

“I, Jibrin Abdulmumini Kofa, a member representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency, is apologizing to President Muhammadu Buhari, the party leadership, Kano state governor, Kano people and all Buhari supporters across the country,” he said, adding that “what I said was misconstrued and blown out of proportion”.

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“May Allah give him (president Buhari) the strength to rule successfully. And May He give him good health and the country in general,” Mr Jibrin prayed.

Mr Jibrin, nonetheless, said that his apology does not affect the House of Representatives, which had suspended him months ago over disagreements with Speaker Yakubu Dogara and other principal officers.

“I’m not apologizing to people like Alhassan Ado Doguwa in the national assembly. No one in the hallowed chamber is fighting against corruption like I am doing.

“While I offered the advice and proffered the solutions in good faith, some political detractors availed themselves of the opportunity to deliberately misconstrue and misjudge my remarks in order to put me on collision course with my party and the President.

“The whole drama was taken to a disgraceful limit when two people from my village were abducted by some relevance-seeking party leaders in Kano and forced on camera to denounce me.
“I had to rush down from Europe straight to my constituency to forestall imminent break down of law and order and calm the frayed nerves of my irate constituents who were angry at some fair-weather, credibility-deficient party leaders at the state level.
The attempts to discredit me however backfired as youths in their thousands came out to voice their anger against such action. It is sad that these youths all of APC were harassed and dispersed using teargas. The party agents abducted to discredit me had since narrated their ordeal and apologised to my constituents and my good self.
“Unknown to the attention-seeking politicians, I have long time ago launched the Muhammadu Buhari Special Empowerment Scheme for artisans and local cottage industries as well as prayer session for the President in my constituency. And incidentally, the 7th edition/session of the programme, which was started in 2015, is holding today. I have never boasted about these modest efforts to support the APC and Mr President.
“As a supporter of President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, who sacrificed his coveted position, suffered threats to life, went on brief exile and lost comfort in order to support Mr. President’s anti-corruption drive from the legislative front, nobody bore the brunt of supporting the President’s policy than I do,” he added.
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