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Former Zamfara Governor Demands N10M Monthly Allowance From Matawalle

Austin Papi

The former Governor of Zamfara State, Abdul'aziz Yari, has addressed a letter to the incumbent governor of the state, Bello Matawalle, demanding a monthly allowance of ten million naira for himself as the former governor of the state.

He also demanded similar payment on behalf of the former deputy governor, former speaker, former deputy speaker of the state and other members of his cabinet.

According to the letter by the former governor, the law of the state provides, among other entitlements of the former governor, a monthly upkeep allowance of 10 million naira only and a pension equivalent to the salary he was receiving while in the office.

Recall, Governor Matawalle had earlier warned the former governor to steer clear of the state, as he (Yari) was a threat to peace in the state. According to the governor, there is always a breach of security anytime the former governor visits the state, an allegation that was later denied by the former governor's aides.

Below is a copy of the letter signed by the former governor of Zamfara State.

“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,” he 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 June and July while my pension for June has not been paid.

“As the law provides, the pension and upkeep allowance is 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 regard and esteem.”