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CORRUPTION: Gov. Yari Spends N400million To Host Buhari's One Day Visit

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Chairman of Governors Forum and Governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Abdulaziz

Yari allegedly collected over N400million from the state coffers without

appropriation by the State House of Assembly to entertain President

Mohammadu Buhari's visit to the state in July, 2016, a state official told
This is even as is still investigating documents in our

possession detailing Governor Yari's businesses in properties,

transportation and haulage domiciled in Washington DC.

Buhari was in Zamfara state in July 13, 2016 for a one-day visit during

which he launched a special Military Task Force to fight “bandits”.

Zamfara Government sources told that soon as

information got to the Governor of the President's visit, the Permanent

Secretary, Government House, Mr. Sa'aad Farouk was directed to release the

sum of N400million for the one-day visit.
“Please I don't know anything about that, Please, I don't know anything

about it”, Farouk told over the phone.

Gov. Yari neither picked calls to his MTN cell phone nor replied to email

sent to him on the allegations.
But sources within Zamfara Government House confirmed that the Governor, a

very close ally of President Buhari, has been in the habit of collecting

millions from the state coffers on a weekly basis for personal usage,

prompting anger among Government officials who leaked his behavior to the

State Assembly.
The source told that Governor Yari had informed them

that the funds is needed to take care of Security personnel made of the

Army, Navy, Airfoce, Civil Defence, Police, DSS and others who would be

ensuring a safe visit of the President to the State.

“Around July 11 or 12, 2016 the Governor requested for that money and it

was released. That is not the only money he has been collecting. If he is

investigated today, the whole world would be in shock to see how the

resources of the state has been squandered,” the source told
An officer in the Army Public Relations told that the

Army is not aware of any fund from Zamfara State and did not receive any

money from the State Government during the President's July trip to the

Efforts to reach the Zamfara State Police Commissioner, Mr. Istefanus

Shattima to confirm receipt of any money from the State Government during

the President's visit in July were unsuccessful.
The State Assembly, led by Speaker Sanusi Rikiji had accused the Governor

of squandering state resources. Specifically, the Zamafara House said the

Governor has not been able to account for N1 billion commercial

agriculture loan given to the state by the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

The House through its Spokesman, Mannir Gidan accused him of

“non-remittance of pension funds to pension administrators, non-remittance

of 5 percent emirate council funds, the gross misappropriation of bailout

funds to the state by the federal government to settle workers' salaries,

including N10b for 2014 and N1.46b in 2016”.
Another lawmaker, Umaru Faru had told the VOA that everyone knows the

precarious situation that the state has found itself, saying “people

accuse the governor of abandoning the state, and they are also complaining

about the handling of the state resources especially the bailout funds

released specifically to pay workers' salaries”.
“The money came but no one knows what happened to it, as we speak local

government staff, pensioners have not been paid, in fact, our traditional

rulers have not been paid their 5% constitutional allocation for several

months, civil servants pay was cut and some of them were even sacked

because of dwindling revenue, however, they were not paid their

entitlement even after the bailout came.
“That is why we invited them, definitely not for impeachment purposes,” he

Sources told that while the Lawmakers and Zamfara

citizens worry about their dwindling economic fortunes, the Governor moves

state funds to his businesses in Washington DC through cronies where he

also attends Graduate school.
The source hinted that every ten days, the Governor comes to the U.S to

take care of his academics and attend to his businesses.

“The Assembly complained the Governor is an absentee Governor. That is

very correct. I can tell you that while he runs his businesses in the U.S

with Zamfara State funds, he also runs a Master Degree program there and

that is why he hardly stays to do his job as Governor,” said the source

who does not want to be named.
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