Nigerian Politicians And Selfishness, A Case Study Of Ex-Governor Yari's Letter
By Iheme Kelechi 2 months ago
It is no longer a debate how selfish some Nigerian politicians can be irrespective of the seemily hardship and poverty ravaging the country.
Civil servants are owed salaries, peanuts are paid to them as salaries, governors reject any new minimum wage that labour unions proposes, and pensioners are left in abject penury, to suffer and die.
Photo Detail: (Governor Bello Matawalle)
Yet, in the face of all this abnormal situations and imbalance, an ex-governor instead of asking the government that took over from him to pay civil servants, pay pensioners, pay the new minimum wage and its consequential adjustments rather will selfishly be demanding just for his personal outrageous entitlement and pensionRelated: PDP Recruits All Star Legal Team Set To Petition Supreme Court On Ihedioha's Ouster, Seeks Total Review Of Case
Photo Detail: (Abdulaziz Yari - Former Governor of Zamfara State)
It is so disheartening that despite all the funds stolen under his watch as a state governor, just few months out of power, he is demanding an outrageous entitlement when the poor civil servants of the state are likely being owed months of unpaid entitlements and pension, and nobody highly placed is speaking on their behalf.
For ex-governor Abdulaziz Yari to write the current Zamfara state governor, threatening that he can't stop the payment of his N10m monthly allowance without reasons, just few months out of office is the height of selfishness.
Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of Zamfara state, asking Bello Matawalle, his successor, to pay his outstanding allowance and pension less than one year out of office shows that our supposed leaders lack equity and fairness.
In a letter dated October 17 which was addressed to governor Matawalle, ex-governor Yari said he is entitled to N10 million monthly as upkeep allowance, but that he has only been paid twice (June, and July) since he left office.
Yari said the law which provides for the entitlement of former governors, deputies, speakers and deputy speakers was amended in March (just 2 months to his exit from office - selfishness) and that it should not be truncated.
“I wish to humbly draw your attention to the provision of the law on the above subject matter which was amended and assented to on the 23rd of March 2019,” Yari said.
“The law provides, among other entitlements of the Former Governor, a monthly upkeep allowance of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000) only and a pension equivalent to the salary he was receiving while in office.
“Accordingly, you may wish to be informed that since the expiration of my tenure on the 29th of May, 2019. I was only paid the upkeep allowance twice i.e for the month of June and July while my pension for the month of June has not been paid.
“As the law provides, the pension and upkeep allowance are not in the category of privileges that can be truncated without any justifiable reason, hence, the need to request you to kindly direct the settlement of the total backlog of the pension and upkeep as provided by the law.
“While thanking you most sincerely for the anticipated positive action, please accept my high regards and esteem.”
In the wake of the recent bandit onslaughts in Zamfara, Bello Matawalle has threatened to arrest ex-governor Abdulaziz Yari for allegedly sponsoring the attacks in the state, to make it ungovernable for him.
How selfish can a former governor be?