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U-TURN: Abdulmumin Jibrin rolls out support for Buhari after urging him to ‘go and rest’
ABDULMUMIN Jibrin, former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, is one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ardent supporters for the 2019 presidential election. But just about a year ago, the same Jubrin had openly urged Buhari to resign and “go and rest”.
Jibrin, representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano State, has endured a running battle with the leadership of the House of Representatives, having accused the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, as well as three other principal officers of the House, of inserting illegal projects worth billions of naira in the 2016 budget.
On Wednesday, Jibrin posted a tweet describing Buhari as a “decent man” who does not “play dirty” politics, and whose “personal qualities and record in office” speak volumes.
PMB is unarguably a decent man in all ramifications. In all his contest, he never plays dirty. He sticks to issues because that's where his strength lies. Our supporters should learn from that. PMB has enough area of strength..from his personal qualities and record in office pic.twitter.com/4Xd0suYwCd
— Abdulmumin Jibrin (@AbdulAbmJ) October 10, 2018
But it was the same Jibrin, who, on March 31, 2017, while still serving the suspension imposed on him for his allegations against the Speaker and others, posted a lengthy thread on Twitter, calling on those who love the President to prevail on him to quit the job and rest.
At the time, Buhari was still battling with the unknown ailment that saw him spend over 150 days (cumulatively) in a London hospital.
In that Twitter post titled, “PMB, TIME TO LET GO”, Jibrin noted that Buhari’s illness was slowing down the running of affairs in the country. “So many issues are left unattended even small issues that a presidential cough can deal with are left hanging”, he wrote.
Jibrin also suggested that the Buhari family could be compensated with a ministerial appointment to the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari, whom he said “has paid her dues to the APC, anyway”.
“At PMB’s age, working actively for over 50 years, even without his present health condition, his capacity will be greatly challenged,” Jibrin wrote.
“Life and health belong to God but the more I see pictures of Mr President, the more I am convinced he needs to go and rest. He needs it!”
Jibrin has since deleted the tweets from his handle but he is yet to go public with the reasons he is now campaigning vigorously for Buhari’s re-election. Calls and emails to him were not responded.