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BADLY BETRAYED: ‘Gov Yusuf getting worse than predecessor’, people react to N2.7bn vehicles purchase for lawmakers

BADLY BETRAYED: Gov Yusuf getting worse than predecessor, people react to N2.7bn vehicles purchase for lawmakers

Kano State governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf’s gift of N2.7 billion worth of exotic vehicles to the members of the state House of Assembly has remained a subject of heated discourse in the state.

Reports say some of the 40 members of the state assembly have already taken delivery of the sports utility vehicles (SUVs) valued at N68 million each.

The Kano State House of Assembly is made up of 25 members from the governor’s New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and 14 from the All Progressives Congress (APC), with the election of one yet to be decided.

The gift is coming barely two months after a similar gesture from Kebbi state governor Nasiru Idris to the members of his state House of Assembly, state executive members, and heads of parastatals was greeted with condemnation.

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The Chief of Staff to Governor Yusuf, Shehu Wada Sagagi, told some journalists that the lawmakers were entitled to sound working vehicles.

“The governor, having considered the economic situation, directed that the contractor be made to understand that we needed to spread the payment over a period of time, which the contractor accepted,” Sagagi was quoted as saying.

Criticism

But the development has continued to generate critical reactions across social media platforms, with some residents also expressing disappointment in what they tagged as the government’s lack of prioritisation in view of the harsh economic realities.

Many condemned what they termed as “unnecessary spending” at a time the state and country were faced with economic challenges.

Some said essential amenities, like potable water supply, enough schools were lacking in the state while the governor shoes to spend money belonging to all to satisfy the “exorbitant lifestyles” of a few.

Others said the governor was a disappointment and “has shown that he’s not worth the support Kano populace gave him in 2023.”

“We really thought he will be a pro-people man, but so far, he’s been exhibiting similar traits to his predecessors. We are getting to realise he’s not different from them. He may, God forbid, end up being worse. All the signs of a directionless leader are manifest in this man at the moment”, said Rilwanu Ismaila, a trader at the popular Kantin Kwari garment market in the state capital.

Ismaila, a Master’s Degree holder, who said he committed his “time, strength and resources to campaign for Abba Yusuf in 2023, concluded that “I felt badly betrayed.”

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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