President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday met behind closed doors with the suspended member of the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Jibrin was before his suspension Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations.
He was suspended in September 2016 over alleged ‘padding’ of the 2016 budget and other corrupt allegations against the lower chamber of the National Assembly.
He told State House correspondents who sought to know his mission to the Villa that he came on a courtesy visit since it had been long he saw the president.
Jibrin said, “As you are aware, I have not seen the president for a while now. It is a meeting between a son and a father.”
The embattled lawmaker also blamed the slow dispensation of justice on his continuous stay at home, noting that it was strange that Senator Ali Ndume, who was suspended over similar circumstances, has since been recalled.
Asked whether he was at the Villa to seek Buhari’s intervention in his political crisis in the House of Representatives, he said, “Well, I cannot comment in that regard. The most important thing is that I saw him and he is in a very high spirit. I greeted him like a son and he spoke to me like a father.”
On the campaigns to have him recalled to the House of Representatives, he said, “It’s only normal. Of course, Nigerians like justice, my constituency has been suspended for 16 months, so it’s only normal that people will talk and ask questions, why are we not back on the aspect of court case that has been lingering in the court for the past 16 months. I think these are some of the reasons people are raising issues in the public glare.”
On the lesson learnt from the experience, he said, “For every situation like this there is always an opportunity to learn, it’s a learning curve, so is fine.”
According to him, the APC crisis in Kano State was not part of the discussion with the president.
Asked to speak on the recent recall of Senator Ndume to the Senate, he said, “Well, that is the interesting thing about the situation. The same case, similar case, identical case was dispensed with within two months.
“But I’m still hanging in the court system but again I know the Nigerian judiciary is just, so I’m pretty sure that soonest I will be able to get judgment and my constituency will soon get back to the House.”
On the president’s son’s accident, he said, “Oh of course. I greeted him and wish his son quickest recovery.”