by Usman Alabi
What was Jibrin thinking when he decided to call the bluff of the members of the inner circle that he once belongs to announce to the world their shady deals, I bet Jibrin was never prepared for this eventual reality, perhaps in his mind; it was that if he was going to go down, others deserve to go down too, but we would never get to know this, no thanks to a compact elitist class structure that never really questions those privileged to be within it. To make matters worse, he trusted Nigerians to be on his side, and they were actually the foundation upon which he built his convictions that the leadership of the house whom he accused of budget padding could be pulled down, this particularly was to be the beginning of his downfall.
Jibrin needs to be credited for popularizing the word ‘budget padding’ thus securing it place in our political lexicon. Jibrin never gave in to deep thought when he set out on the path of a whistle blower, he never put into consideration the lesson of history which is prevalent in every clime. You cannot pull down a house that you were once a part of just because you were sent out of it, morality would fail you, and equity would put you to a test that you are likely to fail woefully.
Abdulmumin Jibrin, the former Chairman, Appropriation Committee, House of Representatives filled a N1 billion suit last week against the house, he sought damages and prayed that the court declare that his suspension amounted to a violation of his fundamental human rights and freedom of expression, he withdrew the earlier case he filed against the house.
I suspect Jibrin is missing the publicity and influence he once had, the former he got when he crossed the line and decided to be a whistle blower. Unfortunately for him no one cares again about whatever he throws up, as a matter of fact, it seems he has exhausted his cards. This was the Jibrin that has something new to present on social media, one documents or the other to wet our curious appetite, something to relieve us of the stress of the recession. Yet Jibrin is a dent on our anti corruption war and agencies, he reminds us that our war on corruption is subject to the body language of the President and not institutional, for when the President is not favourably disposed, the shadows become inundated with people and political figures who cannot come to equity with clean hands.
From the very beginning, the ranting and the fight and whistle blowing of Jibrin is that of a man who has lost political relevance, who misses being in the midst of the crème de la crème, who if thrown out of that influential circle would rather pull down every memory of that class, and that was just the reason for exposing the shady deals of the group that he was once a part and parcel of. Hence, Jibrin has become a ranting dog seeking for help, desperately seeking for political relevance and popular attention, If he were a good student of Nigerian politics, he would have realized that he committed a political suicide by deciding to be a whistleblower against the anointed, he who wines and dines with the president and sees the president at will, he made a bigger mistake by trusting Nigerians to be on his side, they were at a time, perhaps on the social media, but he should have known that we are compromised already, we are used to moving on, Nigerians would move on, they would forget, they are not used to standing up to their leaders to demand accountability from them, we would move on and begin to look for the next engagement that would feed our curious and narcissistic appetite, and really they came, in droves they did, the sting operation, the chibok girls, to mention but a few. We would move on because we are docile and lethargic, How could we explain the fact that we never demanded nor run a social media campaign that Dogara should explain his part in the allegation or defend himself, he probably would not because we never demand that of the speaker.
Therefore, the once popular whistle blower Jibrin who fed us with all kinds of inside and secret documents that we could ever think of was not able to secure at least an arrest for his assailants not to mention a conviction, and here he is gasping for breath still suing on a matter that is best forgotten, No one even looked his side, nor thought of him twice, we have moved on as usual.
Perhaps, Jibrin can begin to consider leaving the country because this is likely to be the end of his campaign, until we learn to demand accountability from our leaders, until we begin to demand explanation for every wrong conduct, until we state clearly what we want and engage political office holders, Jibrin can keep on gasping for breath, at least that is the consequence of not understanding the political climate before he ventured out and also punishment for his culpability.
That is the travail of a whistleblower, and would continue to be until we learn not to move on!