Babachir Lawal, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has asked Mohammed Umar Jibrilla, Governor of Adamawa State, to explain how he spent a total of N87billion tat accrued to 21 local councils in the past three years.

Lawal’s accusation comes just as a transparency group in the state, the Adamawa Transparency Organization, asked the Governor to account for the funds.

Lawal castigated Bindow over his “bizarre annexure of local council funds”, describing the action as “unconstitutional and therefore antithetical to civilised democratic culture”. 

He said he was compiling evidence of mismanagement of the funds for appropriate action.

He also accused Jibrilla of nepotism and divisive governance, saying “there seems to be a deliberate plan to sideline Christians in his array of political appointees”.

Commenting on the recent appointment of eight special advisers, Lawal said such an action is capable of undermining APC's chances in the 2019 elections.

“Governor Jibrilla is out to sabotage the chances of APC to win the 2019 elections in Adamawa State through his deliberate and calculated plans to sideline Christians in his government,” he said.

“This is in spite of the protestations and advice of well-meaning party stakeholders and the state chapter of CAN for him to mend his evil ways.  

“Just this week, he again insulted the sensibility of Christians in the state through the appointment and swearing-in of eight special advisers into his cabinet and all the new special advisers are Moslems. 

“We call on the Governor to mend his divisive ways, which sole purpose appears to be calculated to destroy the fortunes of APC in the state during the 2019 general election. 

“Governor Bindow should remember that he was elected to office by all Adamawa State indigenes without consideration of religious beliefs and tendencies.

“In fact an overwhelming majority of Christians voted for him and are therefore entitled to dividends of democracy just like any other people's group in the state.”

In line with Lawal’s accusation, the transparency group released a newsletter captioned, ‘Gov. Bindow where is our money, N193.5 bn allocations from FAAC?’ 

It claimed to have “exclusively” obtained documents detailing how the Governor received a whopping N193.5 billion from the Federation account, and urged anti-corruption agencies to take action.

Babachir lawal was himself sacked as SGF by President Muhammadu Buhari fater a presidential panel found him guilty of complicity in the scandalous N200million grass-cutting contract to clear “invasive plant species” in Yobe State.

 

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