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Abdulmumin has shown rare courage and deserves every support, protection, encouragement and commendation. Nigeria and the world must stand up to ensure that his revelations do not go in vain and is used as an opportunity to deal decisively with issues of corruption in Nigeria.


The budget fraud saga is arguably one of the biggest issues that shaped the Nigerian political landscape in 2016. Godwin Onyeacholem takes us through the birth, upbringing, background, career, politics, struggle and other facts many do not know about the young man in the centre of the crisis, and who he calls his man of the year – Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin.

Who Is Abdulmumin Jibrin?

I have known Abdulmumin Jibrin for about 15 years. I have followed him from far and at close range. I saw him grow through every step of the way, though very quickly. He has always had a vision of what he wants to achieve in life and the person he wants to be. He has never deviated nor got distracted but stayed on the defined course. I have seen him in pains, as much as in moments of joy. Everything he is doing at the moment represents his person and it is what he has always wanted to do – to be remembered as a hero for a just cause.

He loves his family and relations to a fault. He adores his mother and father. For him, a mother’s word is law. He loves children a lot and enjoys the company of his friends. Jibrin will hardly have a meal without a friend. He will sometimes wait for hours to have his friends around before he eats. He generally loves people. He has an amazing sense of humour and loves to joke and laugh, so much that you may sometimes never know when he is serious or if he ever gets serious. He has broad knowledge and can converse on a wide range of issues.

He is very courageous, confident, charming, meticulous, blunt, calculative and extremely smart, with a special eye for opportunity in times of challenges or crisis. He is very hard working, result-oriented and at ease operating under pressure. He is down to earth. He loves to make new friends and generally makes friends easily. Once Jibrin is convinced about a cause, his commitment to it becomes unequalled. He is extremely generous and very patient with the weak. He loves to be a hero that will fight and sacrifice for people. This is the legacy he will want to bequeath to his children.

Birth

Abdulmumin Jibrin was born on September 9, 1976 in the military barracks of Agenebode in the old Bendel State, where his father was serving as a young Lieutenant in the Nigerian army. He hails from Kofa in Bebeji Local Government of Kano State and has been living in Abuja, where his parents have also lived in since 1989. He is a politician, businessman and academic. He is a member of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), a two-term member of the House of Representatives from 2011 till date and former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Finance between 2011 and 2015 and Appropriation, from 2015 to 2016.

Education

Abdulmumin attended Army Primary School Janguza, Kano (between 1983 and 1986) before moving to Command Children School Jaji, Kaduna (from 1986 to 1988). He had his secondary education at Science Secondary School Abaji, Abuja (1989 to 1992) and Bwari Secondary School, Abuja (between 1992 and 1994). He later proceeded for his higher education and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of Abuja, Nigeria in 1999; a M.Sc in International Affairs and Diplomacy at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria in 2003; and a PhD in International Relations at the University of Abuja, Nigeria in 2009.

Abdulmumin also attended London Business School in 2009, Harvard Business School from 2009 to 2010, International Business House, London in 2009, European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), France in 2009, SBS Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland between 2012 and 2014, and Oxford Business School London, 2016, where he graduated and obtained various certificates in the Senior Executive Programme (SEP68 LBS); Global Economy Crisis (LBS); Negotiation, Competitive Decision and Deal Process (HBS); Programme for Leadership Development (PLD9 HBS); International oil Trading (IBH London); and Telecommunications Strategy and Marketing (INSEAD). He holds an MBA from the SBS – Swiss Business School, Zurich, Switzerland and completed a course on Strategic Leadership OSLP at the Oxford.

Career

Abdulmumin began his early working career in the media with the Century Research and Communication Limited, Kano and in the construction industry, between 1995 and 2000. After a stint at the communications company and some experience under some building construction companies, he moved on to establish his company, Green Forest Investment Ltd in 2003 where he was General Manager. He later became the Managing Director and subsequently Chairman/CEO of Green Forest Group Ltd, with subsidiaries in Energy, Property Development, Investment and Consultancy, Agriculture, Construction and Engineering. He was also Chairman (Nigeria) of Turkish Construction giant, TASYAPI between 2010 and 2011.

He taught International Relations at Nasarawa State University, Nigeria and authored publications in the field of International Relations, such “The New Face of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy”, “Nigeria’s Role In Peacekeeping Operations in Africa.” He was also a member of Nigeria-America and Nigeria-British Chambers of Commerce. He was Chairman, Abuja branch, of Nigeria-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) from 2010 to 2011. Abdulmumin resigned from his position as the Chairman CEO of Green Forest Group Ltd in 2011 to fully participate in politics.

Politics

Abdulmumin is a member of the ruling political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and two-term member of the House of Representatives. He was Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Finance in the Seventh Assembly (2011-2015) and Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation in the Eighth Assembly (2015-2016) until his resignation.

He commenced his political journey while serving as Coordinator of Support Groups and later Member of the PDP/Obasanjo Presidential Campaign between 2002 and 2003. He later served as Programme Officer at the PDP Presidential Campaign Headquarters in 2007. Abdulmumin only contested for an elective political office in 2011, which won him a place as a member of Nigeria’s House of Representatives representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal constituency of Kano State under the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Abdulmumin was subsequently appointed Chairman, Committee on Finance of the House of Representatives, with oversight on the Federal Ministry of Finance and its parastatals, in terms of Federal Revenue, Preparation of Revenue Frameworks/Estimates for Federal Budgets, the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWIA), Tax Matters, Fiscal Matters, Government Investment in Banks and Statutory Corporations and Agencies, Insurance, and Insurance of Government properties and asset, amongst others.

Abdulmumin has also expressed discontentment on Nigeria’s over-dependence on oil and gas revenue. He is therefore in the forefront of the call for an urgent need for the diversification of Nigeria’s economy. As a result of his experience as Chairman of the House Committee on Finance and a resolve to offer his modest contribution to the country, he is embarking on and funding a special research on the comparative analysis of Foreign Direct Investment FDI in the Oil and Gas and Solid Minerals sectors. The research will provide answers to why there exist billions of dollars of FDI in the Oil and Gas sector and practically none in the Solid mineral sector, despite its huge potentials. He has sent in a part-time PhD application to Universities at home and abroad so that he can revert to the status of a student and conduct a thorough research on the subject. It will be his second PhD when it is concluded.

In 2013, Abdulmumin was one of the members of the House of Representatives that led the first set of 37 legislators who decamped from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC). In March 2015, he contested and was re-elected to the House of Representatives by the people of his constituency, Kiru/Bebeji in Kano State, Nigeria. He was an aspirant for the Speakership of the House but later stepped down for Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who went on to emerge as Speaker of the Eighth Assembly. Speaker Dogara appointed him Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, a position he held from 2015, until his resignation in 2016.

As Chairman, Appropriation, Abdulmumin had oversight function over the Budget Office and the national budget, as well as the appropriation of funds for the execution of government programmes and projects. He also ensured that fiscal and budgetary policies of the government are aligned with annual budget estimates and interrogated the fiscal, financial and economic assumptions underpinning the total estimates of expenditure and receipts in the budget, and the basic recommendations and budgetary policies of the president in the presentation of the budget. He also held hearings where testimonies were received from the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Budget and Planning, the Governor of the Central Bank, the Chairman of the National Economic Intelligence Agency, and any such person that the Committee might consider useful to its work. His job also involved coordinating, monitoring and supervising the implementation of all Appropriation Acts after passage by the National Assembly, and relating annual budget to rolling plans and Medium Term Expenditure Framework.

By virtue of his position as Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin was a member of the Joint Committee that modified the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) of the 2016 budget. He also guided the process as Chairman, Appropriation, which led to the passage of the 2015 supplementary budget sent to the House by President Muhammadu Buhari. Abdulmumin is a member of the Committees on Appropriation, Foreign Affairs, Sports, Intergovernmental Affairs, Electoral and Political Parties Matters, Ethics and Privileges and Youth Development.

Abdulmumin sponsored a bill for an Act to repeal the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (Establishment) Act, 2005 and enact the Public Private Partnership Regulatory Commission Act, 2016 to strengthen and enhance the supervisory role of the Commission and effectively position it in regulating the participation of the public and private sectors in enhancing construction, development, designing operation or maintenance of infrastructure or development projects of the Federal Government through private partnership arrangements; and other matters related thereto.

Recognition

In March 2012, Abdulmumin became the third Nigerian to be selected for participation at the prestigious French International Visitor Leadership Programme organised by the government of France through the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over one thousand promising leaders have participated in the programme since its inception in 1989. Only nine percent of the participants were selected from Africa and only three from Nigeria as at 2012. Abdulmumin used the opportunity of the programme to drum up attention to issues of development in Nigeria and to emphasise on increasing collaboration between Nigeria and France.

With the approval of the Kano emirate council, Abdulmumin was turbaned as the Jarman Bebeji, a special traditional title reserved for the extremely courageous and generous.

Interest

Beyond politics and his business engagements, Abdulmumin has shown interest in philanthropy by instituting awards and yearly donations/lectures at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme. He was the sole sponsor of his alma mater, University of Abuja re-union event. Abdulmumin has also provided necessary equipment that would improve academic endeavours at the university and renovated some of the institution’s academic buildings. He co-founded Lailife Foundation as a charity organisation dedicated to the less-privileged. In recognition of his passion for charity work, he was appointed to the Board of Ayahay Foundation founded by his wife Maryam Augie-Jibrin. He is a member of Rotary International and Paul Harris Fellow.

Awards

Abdulmumin has received several awards and honours for his meritorious achievements, both in professional and public life. And he has also been inducted into different professional bodies for his sterling contributions to professional best practices in accordance with global standards. In 2000, Abdulmumin was bestowed with the Award of Life Membership by the Students’ Union Government, University of Abuja, Nigeria. In 2009, the United Nations Global Peace Foundation conferred on him an award of Peace Ambassador. He was a recipient of the Icon of Hope Award by the African-Caribbean Society of the University of Reading in 2010. He was also honoured as a World Youth Ambassador by the Youth Federation for World Peace in the same year 2010.

In 2012, he was inducted as Fellow, Chartered Institute of Finance and Control by CIFN. Also in the same year, Abdulmumin received an Award of Excellence for Best House Committee Chair by the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (OSC). By November 2012, he received an award for Legislative Excellence, courtesy of the Seventh National Assembly Media Merit Award. In early 2013, Abdulmumin was accorded the Distinguished Award for Contribution to National Development by the Nigeria Conservation, UK. Later in 2013, he was awarded Certificate of Commendation for philanthropic work by the Justice and Fairness Organisation, Kano State. And in the same year, he was honoured with the Most Outstanding National Committee Chair (Revenue Development) by the Disciples of Democracy in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2014, he was inducted as fellow of the Institute of Mass Communication and Information Management of Nigeria and fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria. For his philanthropy milestone, Abdulmumin was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in 2012. On November 5, 2016 in London, he was awarded the African Voice Newspaper award for his fight against corruption in Nigeria.

Family

Abdulmumin is married to Maryam Augie-Jibrin and they have four children. Maryam is the daughter of the late Sen. Adamu Augie and Justice Amina Augie, JSC. She holds a BSc and MBA from Ehsal University Brussels, Belgium. She was an investment banker before she founded Ayahay Foundation and dedicated her life to charity work. Maryam has been an excellent pillar of support for Abdulmumin.

Family Background

Abdulmumin comes from a diverse background as he puts it himself in his memoir, LIFE AT 40: MY STORY, part of which has been published:

“I come from an exceptionally diverse, complex and rich background which shaped my multi-cultural outlook. The diversity of my background links me to several states in Nigeria where I have blood relatives. I remain as proud of my background as I consider my family diversity a huge strength with so much love that flows across the entire family. But Kano is the first place my grandparents settled. Kano is home to several generations of my paternal family. Kano is where my father called his home. Kano is my home. Kano will be my children’s home and home to many unborn generations of mine. There is just nothing I can do if anyone has a problem with that. Nothing will change this destiny”

Abdulmumin’s paternal grandparents are full blooded Hausas who migrated from Kebbi to Kano and travelled between Kano and across the Middle Belt region, particularly hubs of colonial business activities in the Benue river banks area for trading purposes. His paternal grandfather was a sub-agent of UAC, John Holt, CFAO and some colonial companies who were interested in large quantity purchases of cotton, sesame seed, groundnut, etc. from where he made a modest fortune. He established a large Hausa and muslim community in the small river bank village of Abinse, near Maikudi and used the family’s personal wealth to help the community, irrespective of tribe or religion. Abdulmumin’s father was a young man working for his own father when he met Abdulmumin’s mother, the daughter of the chief of the river bank village of Abinse.

Abdulmumin captures it in his memoir:

“My great-grandfather, Ahmadu dan Giwa, migrated from Gwandu area of present-day Kebbi State with his wife Hafsatu and four children Nana (Aisha), Hauwa, Mustapha and Saliha and settled in kofa Bebeji, Kano. A Hausa man, Ahmadu was a vastly read Islamic scholar and trader. He traveled extensively for trading purposes towards the river banks in the middle belt region of Nigeria. He lived in different places, built family and a bond of friendship that has been inherited by several generations of our family. He was a man of modest means. His attraction was fertile area for Islamic scholarly work and trading. After his death, his only son Mustapha became the leader of the family and further expanded the family business. Mustapha gave birth to several children among them my grandfather, Alh Jibrin Mustapha who got married to Hajia Zainabu daughter of a neibour and wealthy trader in Kofa, Bebeji, Usman Madugu popularly known as Tibati. He is called Tibati because his parents and grandparents were merchants trading between Kano and the Cameroonian town of Tibati. My grandfather took his bride along with him in all his travels especially to his main business base, Abinse, which has become a hub of colonial business activities and at some point administrative centre.

“Abdulmumin’s father, Labaran Jibrin was brought up in a traditional Hausa and Islamic setting. He started working for his father at a very young age. But he wanted to do something else. He deviated from the family tradition of trading in a dramatic way to join the military during the Nigerian Civil war. He trained at the Nigerian Army Depot in Zaria and was drafted as a young recruit in 1967 and immediately posted to the war front in the eastern part of Nigeria. He fought alongside many other military recruits and officers and built relationship which he has kept till date”

Abdulmumin spoke further of his father in his memoir:

“My father was so brave, dedicated and a trustworthy officer that he was awarded a field rank of Second Lieutenant during the war and made pay master who handled troops’allowances, and later O/C reinforcement stationed in Modebe Grammar School, Onitsha. He would go on to several postings in the Eastern states and later mid west, north western and north central states for the next 20 years. Despite his educational deficiency during the war, he was practically an all-rounder, protecting the allowances and welfare of troops and at the same time a combatant in the war front. Such was the kind of bravery, dedication and trustworthiness that runs through our entire family. My father later furthered his education and sat for his conversion course and was among the few that passed and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1975. He was already a war time second lieutenant since 1967. He went on to serve in several military formations and different capacity before he was posted to Abuja in 1988 as recruitment officer in charge of the FCT where he eventually ended his military career.”

Abdulmumin has a special bond and relationship with his mother. He also talked about her in his memoir:

“My mother comes from a rich and exceptionally diverse background. Her paternal great grandfather is Mallam Saidu Usman, a Fulani man from Yuli in Wase, Plateau State. In fact, he founded Yuli and became its district Head. Mallam Saidu was married to Malama Amata. They were blessed with children, among which include my maternal great grandfather Mallam Muhammad Usman.

“His father, the district head of Yuli Mallam Saidu enlisted the young Usman into the colonial police considered a white collar job and he was posted to Ibi in the then Muri province of present day Taraba State. It was while he was working in Ibi that he met Ramatu (Kwevun), the beautiful daughter of the deposed Chief of Takum, Sarki Yamusa. They courted and got married. Yamusa moved to Ibi after being dethroned and exiled by the colonial masters. Mallam Usman and Ramatu were blessed with 2 children, Mallam Gambo Usman, my maternal grandfather and his sister, Hajia Hauwa (Mala Titi).

“After the death of their father, police officer Mallam Usman, there was a tussle between the paternal family of the children in Yuli, Wase and the maternal family in Takum. The mother of Ramatu, who is a princess of Takum moved the two children to Takum. The two children grew up to become successful in life. Hajia Hauwa Mala Titi became successful and very influential business woman in Takum, while Mallam Gambo was educated in Ibi by the missionaries and attended several courses at the Institute of Administration, Kongo, Zaria.

“He was the Chairman, Wukari Division Executive Committee between 1954 and 1961 under the then Northern Regional Government. He had the privilege of working directly under the last colonial Division Officer (DO), the famous Mr. Gordon Rogers. He went on to serve extensively in different capacities in the Wukari and later Takum Local Government until his retirement in the mid 70s. He got married to my grand mother, Hajia Hadiza (Otunsha) who was the daughter of the chief of the river bank village of Abinse – Hajia Hadiza’s Mother was an alago woman and the daughter of the then Sarkin Kyana (Osana), Sarki Agbo.”

The above summary gives a slight picture of the deep diversity of the background of Abdulmumin. It is a diversity he cherishes so much and remains proud of.

Abdulmumin’s parents got married in 1970. His mother was married off at 15; she started giving birth at 16 and finished giving birth at 28. In between, she gave birth to seven children. Living with her husband in different parts of the country, and coupled with the heterogeneity inherent in the military barracks, she became cosmopolitan. Although she has substantially remained a full housewife, she is a smart woman with an enterprising acumen.

Siblings

In order of birth, his siblings are: Hajia Hauwa Jibrin, Hajia Salaha Jibrin, Dr. Sulaiman Jibrin, Dr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, Hajia Hadiza Labaran Jibrin, Hajia Zainab Labaran Jibrin, and Hajia Aisha Labaran Jibrin. Hajia Hauwa and Salaha were both born in the military barracks at Onitsha and hold degrees from ABU, Zaria after their elementary and secondary schools in Kano. They are into private business. Dr. Sulaiman Jibrin was born in the military barracks in Agenebode. He also had his elementary and secondary school in Kano and Abuja. He trained as a medical doctor and graduated with an MBBS from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He specialised in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London and graduated with an MSc in Public Health. He is currently the Head, Coordinating Unit Department of Public Health at the Ministry of Health. The fourth in the family is Abdulmumin Jibrin. The fifth, sixth and last born Hajia Hadiza, Hajia Zainab and Hajia Aisha were all born in Kano. They had their elementary education in Kaduna and Abuja. They are all graduates and work for different government agencies.

Anti-Corruption Crusade

Fighting corruption in Nigeria is an unforgiving herculean task that is suicidal, if nothing else. Nigerians have followed without the slightest hint of surprise the shameful drama that led to the dubious suspension of Abdulmumin Jibrin, former Chairman of Committee on Appropriation, by his colleagues in the House of Representatives, for daring to expose massive budget fraud, corruption and abusive of office allegedly perpetrated in the House by a clique in the leadership led by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, the number four citizen of Nigeria.

But instead of dealing with these allegations in a dispassionate way, the Speaker conveniently deployed his position, using blackmail and propaganda to arm-twist a majority of the House to carry out his illegitimate wish by suspending Hon. Jibrin for 180 legislative days, the equivalent of one year, barring him from holding any position in the House for the rest of the Eighth Assembly term. And after the expiration of the 180 days, he must “apologise” before he is re-admitted into the House.

Abdulmumin has challenged the decision to suspend him in court saying it is unconstitutional, as the seat itself belongs to his constituents not him. He has insisted that his offense was standing against budget fraud, immunity for Principal Officers of the House and exposing corruption in a way that has never been done or seen in the history of the House of Representatives. He has stated severally that he will never apologise to any member in the House or the House itself as he did not commit any offence and he stands by all the allegations he raised.

The House of Representatives had slipped into crisis on July 21 when Dogara announced the removal of Abdulmumin as Chairman of the House Appropriation Committee, ostensibly for so-called incompetence. But the following day, facts emerged that Abdulmumin had already resigned before the Speaker announced his removal in protest over budget fraud and corruption perpetrated by the Speaker and others. The allegation of incompetence against him was laughable because his pedigree of excellent performance is public knowledge. Abdulmumin has insisted that the real reason he was removed was his refusal to support immunity for presiding officers and to conceal monumental fraud in the 2016 budget.

In a statement he issued as soon as the House adjourned for its annual vacation, Abdulmumin outlined these allegations and called for the resignation of Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, majority whip Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor for their fraudulent roles in the 2016 budget. But as soon as he raised the allegations against the leadership of the House, he became a marked man. He was harassed and his life was threatened to the extent that he had to sneak out of his home and go into hiding.

A naturally blunt person who shuns pretence, eye-service or sycophancy, Abdulmumin does his job with single-minded dedication. His only offence is his resolve to assert his independence – a character trait he has now elevated to new heights through the ongoing determined, unassailable quest to ensure a comprehensive and sustainable reform in the budgeting process, as well as transparency and accountability in the management of the affairs of the House. He himself is not immune to investigation, and he has said so countless times.

In both character and learning, Jibrin serves as an exemplary inspiration. He has travelled far and wide, studying in Nigeria, England, Switzerland, France and the US. Through his vast experience in the academia as a lecturer, the private sector as Chairman of a group of companies, and in public service as a politician and second term member of the House Representatives, he is well-placed to critically appraise the evolution of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political malaise that has kept the country almost permanently under-developed 56 years after independence.

Being a product of a malfunctioning system, Abdulmumin was forged in the furnace of the riotous system and he knows where the shoe pinches. As Chairman of the Committee on Finance of the House of Representatives (2011-2015), he piloted the Committee’s affairs with grace, admirable dignity and acumen, such that under him the Committee recorded significant achievements in the oversight of the Ministry of Finance and revenue generating agencies and coordination of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper which serves as forerunner to Nigeria’s yearly budget.

Abdulmumin understands that endemic corruption is the greatest reason for the anomie in the land. Funds which ought to have gone into building infrastructure and generally improving the lives of the people invariably end up in the pockets of some people. The result is that healthcare, education, food security, human security, job creation and other areas where funds are needed to make life meaningful to the people are severely neglected. Usually, the monies budgeted for these sectors are spirited away by a few heartless crooks.

The House of Representatives is vested with so much powers. It will therefore be catastrophic for the country to allow corruption to flourish unabated in the House. It is within this premise that Nigeria and the world must understand the significance of the struggle of this young and courageous Nigerian. In the last few weeks, Abdulmumin has taken extremely personal risk to continue to expose individual and systemic corruption in the House of Representatives. He has openly accused the Speaker of corruption and abuse of office. What Abdulmumin is doing is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.

The international community is beginning to take note and recognise the efforts of Abdulmumin with the London-based African Voice newspaper recognising his effort at fighting corruption with an award of excellence. He dedicated the award to millions of Nigerians at home and abroad who are suffering today because of the massive theft of our commonwealth, budget fraud and monumental corruption in the House of Representatives, which assumed an unprecedented dimension under the leadership of Speaker Yakubu Dogara. He has vowed to continue the anti-corruption campaign internationally and will stay on course even if he remain alone.

Abdulmumin is a whistle blower Nigeria so sorely needs at the moment from whatever perspective we choose to look at it. The good news is the House did not accuse him of corruption or abuse of office in the five years he has spent in the House so far. He was suspended for allegedly breaching the privileges of his colleagues and he has since declared that the privileges of members do not include immunity from being exposed if involved in corruption.

Abdulmumin has shown rare courage and deserves every support, protection, encouragement and commendation. Nigeria and the world must stand up to ensure that his revelations do not go in vain and is used as an opportunity to deal decisively with issues of corruption in Nigeria. Nigeria has no choice but to confront corruption holistically. Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, no doubt, represents that yearning, aspiration and determination. Our country will do well to pay attention to his leaks.

Godwin Onyeacholem is a journalist based in Abuja.