Hon. Ahmad Muhammad Bakura
By Raphael Ekpang
Hon. Ahmad Muhammad Bakura (PDP) representing , Bakura/Maradun has tongue lashed former governor Abdul-aziz Yari Abubakar over his letter to the former for his alleged pension, saying that when he (Yari was in power as the state governor he never paid pensioners until some are even dead.
He also commended the state governor for the nullification of the law authorizing pension to former governors, deputy governors and speakers of the zamfara state House of Assembly.
Hon. Bakura in a chat with newsmen in Abuja said there are people who were denied pension and gratuity by former administration of Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari and have since lost their lives.
According to the lawmaker, former governor Yari was reportedly selfish for enacting the law on pension for past governors of the state.
“If you examine what transpired, you will see that former governor Abdulaziz Abubakar Yari was selfish in the enactment of the law, because the law was made two months to the time he left office in May 2019.
“There are those who were denied payment of pension for many years.
I retired four years ago, am also a victim, I have not been paid my pension.
Instead of assisting the people being owed to get paid, they are languishing in poverty.
“The former governor wrote to the state to pay him his pension, whereas there are others being owed pension and gratuity during his government, others have died while some were sacked by the Yari” Bakura said.
Continuing, he observed that the law repealing the authorization of pension to former governors and others is in order, otherwise “he (Yari’s) would continue to enjoy fat pension for himself not minding the citizens”.
Speaking on the trial of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ibrahim Danmaliki Gidangoga, who was remanded in prison custody on the order of the sharia court in Gusau, he berated the former commissioner for alleged defamation and incitement.
“You see he was trying to incite the people, whereas, the people are happy with the government. You will recall that during the immediate past administration, kidnapping, killing were rife. Banditry and other social vices were rife until the coming of this government”.
The lawmaker, representing Maradun/Bakura federal constituency however hailed the launch of Zamfara state Social Investment Programme (ZASIP) where over 8000 youth are going to be engage in various sectors of the state economy.
“The governor has done well with the launch of Zamfara Social Investment Programme (ZASIP), because most the people are battling with unemployment. With this programme the youth will be gainfully employed and eliminate banditry” he added.