A state governor in Nigeria has been described as the most useless in the country.
Kadaria Ahmed, a veteran journalist from Zamfara State has described her state governor, Abdulaziz Yari, as the ‘most useless.’
Ms. Ahmed gave the description while taking part in a protest in Abuja on Saturday, asking State and Federal authorities to stop the rise in incessant killings recently witnessed in her state.
“As far as I am concerned, that Governor is the most useless governor in the history of Nigeria,” the journalist, who moderated the 2019 town hall meetings for presidential candidates, said when accosted by reporters.
Ahmed said Mr Yari who has been elected a senator under the All Progressive Congress (APC) was running the affairs of the state from the nation’s capital, Abuja.
The senator-elect, prior to this year’s general election had lamented over the spike in the killings going on in the State. He had pledged to step aside if that was the only solution to halt the act. Yari is yet to do so.Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara State.
“Quote me, he is the most useless governor in the history of Nigeria. This is a governor whose reaction to the killings in his state was to resign as the Chief Security Officer. He went on the record to say that he cannot be the Chief Security Officer. So, I don’t know what he is still doing in office; he doesn’t care,” she continued.
“He only cares about the people of Zamfara when it comes to politics. The fact that they are getting killed does not concern him. He lives most of his time here in Abuja. How can you govern a state for eight years from Abuja? What sort of leadership is that? We are so happy he is on his way out,” she added.
While describing the outgoing governor as a hopeless leader who has not done well for the people of the state, the veteran journalist called on President Muhammadu Buhari to act in curtailing the situation.
Buhari Should Be Blamed – Lawyer
Reacting, Inibehe Effiong, a legal practitioner said the situation in the state is caused by religious and tribal politics played by Nigerians wherein those elected are not held accountable.
Mr Effiong wondered what Mr Buhari would be described as if a governor can be described as a ‘most useless.’
“I wonder how Buhari, who is the C-in-C, will be described. It is now very convenient to blame the governor over the killings in Zamfara State,” the lawyer said on Sunday.
“The President is defended, excused or begged to intervene by those who have been blinded by ethnic, religious or political sentiments.
“Goodluck Jonathan was blamed for the killings in Borno State. Have we forgotten the ferocious attacks on Jonathan’s government by the Borno Elders Forum? Why have we not heard a word from the Zamfara Elders Forum? How about the Arewa Consultative Forum? Are they not bothered?” Effiong queried.
Mr Jonathan who sought re-election during the 2015 general elections lost to Buhari largely due to insecurity occasioned by attacks from Boko Haram terrorists.
For the lawyer, the president should be blamed for the killings going on in the state since.
“So what changed? Where is the outrage against President Buhari? Why are we putting the blame on the governor over the killings in Zamfara State instead of President Buhari?” Effiong asked.