Last Sunday, the immediate past Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulazeez Yari challenged anyone with a proof of corruption against him not to spare him. When the news spread in the the media, we read it like anyone else as reported. And we never gave it special consideration whatsoever. This is because we fully understand the travails of the former Governor. He has consistently showed how jittery he is with the interim report of the Wakkala Committee that exposed how his administration serially shortchanged the good people of Zamfara State for eight years. And considering his recent encounters with the anti corruption agencies, it is no surprise that his challenge came as a pre-emptive measure to a bigger travail.
We initially decided to let the challenge over the media pass, but for the interest it continued to generate to date. It has become obvious that the challenge was a direct one to the present administration of His Excellency,(the Peace Maker) , Governor Bello Muhammad (Matawallen Maradun, Barden Hausa). Hence, It remains imperative to draw the attention of former Governor Abdulazeez Yari that His Excellency, Governor Bello Muhammad is a law abiding Nigerian who upholds the principle of respect for the rights of individuals as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has never in the past or now passed judgement on anyone regarding corruption unless such a person is certified as such by a court of law or such a person addresses himself as such; neither did the Wakkala Committee that reviewed the eight years of Yari’s administration expressly addressed the former Governor as such .
However, as servants of the people, the present administration owes it a duty to inform the good people of Zamfara State where they are shortchanged. The former Governor said his duty as a Governor was to spend money. Since that is his understanding of being a Governor, indeed, money he did spend. But very big questions arose in the process of his spending spree. These are the questions he need to answer to the satisfaction of Zamfara people which the administration of His Excellency, Governor Bello Matawalle is also awaiting. An interim report on the findings of the committee has been presented to Governor Matawalle and has equally been made public. Soon, the final report will be ready for the Government to take appropriate action on.
It is therefore, imperative to assure all the good citizens of Zamfara state that the actions of His Excellency Governor Matawalle is not born out of political considerations or vendetta, but for the enthronement of good governance, prudence, Justice and fair play.
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