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2024 Budget Padding: Please, I don’t want to get myself into trouble— Senator Jarigbe angrily walks out of live TV interview [VIDEO]   

Jarigbe Jarigbe, senator representing Cross River north, on Sunday abandoned a live interview on Arise Television to avoid “wahala” over the 2024 budget.

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2024 Budget Padding: Please, I don’t want to get myself into trouble— Senator Jarigbe angrily walks out of live TV interview 

 

 

Jarigbe Jarigbe, senator representing Cross River north, on Sunday abandoned a live interview on Arise Television to avoid “wahala” over the 2024 budget.

 

Wahala’, a Pidgin English terminology, loosely translates to ‘trouble’ in English.

 

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Jarigbe was the senator who alleged that some “senior senators” got N500 million in the budget for constituency projects.

 

VIDEO: Nigerian senate thrown into rowdy session as Jarigbe exposes how some senators shared ₦500 million each from the 2024 budget   

 

His disclosure immediately led to a rowdy session during plenary.

 

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During the breakfast show, the host said she found it fascinating that Jarigbe said he did not familiarise himself with the 2024 budget, and that she had gone through the line items of the appropriation act herself.

 

But the senator in turn asked her if she knew how much was voted for projects in her senatorial district.

 

The anchor replied by saying she only scrutinised the budget by ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and not by senatorial districts.

 

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The chair of the senate committee on gas said he only wanted to speak about his “thanksgiving and representation to my people”.

He said:

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“Come oh, what is this budget, budget talk nah?,” the senator said in a mix of pidgin and English.

“I want to talk about my thanksgiving and representation to my people, you people are doing budget, budget. I will walk away oh. You people want me to say something that I will go and face wahala. You should allow me oh, let me serve my people quietly.”

The interview line went dead afterwards as the anchors repeatedly asked the senator if he was still there. He was not.

 

The budget came under scrutiny recently after Abdul Ningi, now suspended senator representing Bauchi central, said the spending act was padded by N3 trillion.

 

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Reacting to the live interview, former Kaduna Senator, Shehu Sani, said that trouble in the Senate is one of the reasons why many lawmakers are running away from the media and the social media.

He wrote:

“Senator Jarigbe ‘escaped’ from the Arise live TV interview not to get into trouble in the Senate. Actually, that’s why many lawmakers are running away from the media and the social Media. When a Senator is suspended, no Kobo go enter him account.”

NEWS WEEK NIGERIA had earlier reported that the Cross River lawmaker accused some of the senators of receiving a total of N500 million each from the 2024 Budget.

 

Agom-Jarigbe disclosed this during a story session in Abuja while the lawmakers debated budget padding claims by Senator Abdul Ningi from Bauchi Central Senatorial District.

 

Ningi had said N3.7trn was not tied to any project in the 2024 N28.7trn budget.

 

Agom-Jarigbe, who commented on the allegations by Ningi, alleged that some Senators are guilty of such practice, adding that some senior senators got N500 million each from the 2024 Appropriation Act.

 

Jarigbe said:

“If we want to go into this issue, all of us are culpable. Some senators here, so-called senior senators got N500 million each. I am a ranking senator, I didn’t get. Did I go to the press? Most of you got. We don’t have to go into those issues,”

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