The immediate past Governor of Bauchi State, Malam Isa Yuguda, has denied leaving behind a debt of N125 billion as alleged by his successor, Governor Mohammed Abubakar.
Yuguda made the denial even as he warned the Gov. Abubakar not to reverse any decision he met in office.
The former governor, who stated this in a telephone interview with journalists in Bauchi on Sunday, said that the allegation that he bequeathed a huge debt to his successor was false.
Abubakar had in his maiden broadcast to the people of the state, two days after his inauguration, revealed that he inherited a debt of over N125bn from the immediate past administration of Yuguda.
Reacting to the allegation, Yuguda on Sunday said, “Any public servant that has worked under me and I handed anything to him and I signed and approved it, that approval is legal and Abubakar has no right to reverse that approval. Also, anything that I allocated to any individual, group or association remains legal so Mohammed Abubakar does not have any right to reverse such.
“If Abubakar thinks he can reverse what I have done, he has made a mistake because I have the right as an executive governor elected by my people to take decision on their behalf, so any person that is aggrieved should go to court.
“The governor should be called to order because he has no right to upturn my own decisions and they don’t have the right to change anything or harass anybody within the state”.
Shedding light on the debt profile of the state, the ex-governor said all the loans he handed over to Abubakar were not up to N80bn, including the loan he said he inherited from his predecessor, Adamu Mu’azu, the immediate past national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He said, “While I was in office, we paid salaries, provided water, security, and education. We constructed international airport and specialist hospital, among others. When I came into government in 2007, I did not only meet an empty treasury but I met overdraft of N8bn in the account which I inherited from Adamu Mu’azu and I didn’t make noise about it, I did not complain but I started my work as a governor.
“We took a bond from capital market which is N52bn and we completed the airport and the specialist hospital and we also have N7bn arrears of gratuity and N1.3bn of contractor obligation. We inherited about N20bn foreign debt, which is payable in 30 to 40 years, these are the only debt that we know of so if there is any debt apart from this maybe it is Abubakar who has incurred the debt”.
Nigeria Ranks Third On Global Terrorism Index Despite Drop In Deaths – Report
Nigeria has been ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world according to a 2020 report by the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
The report which was released on Wednesday, ranked Nigeria third only behind war-torn countries of Afghanistan and Iraq.
According to the GTI report, Nigeria witnessed an increase in Boko Haram attacks in the period under review, witnessing her worst terrorist attack in 2019 in northeastern Borno State, where at least 70 people were killed and 10 others wounded when insurgents attacked at a funeral.
“Over the past year, Boko Haram increased attacks on military targets, with deaths rising from 26 in 2018 to 148 in 2019,” the report said.
However, the report recognized that terror-related incidents in the country fell by 27% in the same period due to a significant reduction in violence attributed to killer herdsmen.
“This reduction occurred despite a small increase in deaths attributed to Boko Haram, which has been the most active terrorist group in the country over the past decade. Deaths from terrorism in Nigeria are now 83 percent lower than at
their peak in 2014.”
Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.
The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.
Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.
The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”
Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun!
My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.
Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer in sha Allah. May Allah forgive & be Merciful to her.
— Isa Ali Pantami, PhD (@DrIsaPantami) November 23, 2020
Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.
The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.
The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.
Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.
He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.
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