Sani Bello is getting paid as Governor of Niger State without performing the duty of his office, aggrieved youth have said.
This is according to a post on a Facebook group called “Nigerlites speak out”. The social media group is a forum for Niger youth.
The post by one Farida Bosso read:
“Bandits are killing people in Niger State communities. In Kaduna State, we saw El-Rufai present in most scenes, Zulum is in every scene in his state, same to Matawalle of Zamfara state. But in Niger state, we have a ghost.”
The youth described their governor as a “ghost governor” who doesn’t care about the killing spree in the state, Daily Trust reported.
The governor was accused of not showing any concern about the people being attacked, adding that the indifference has continued to make the bandits have a field day attacking people on daily bases.
While comparing Bello with his counterparts in Kaduna, Borno and Zamfara they said he fails behind and does not measure up to them.
The post which had over 70 comments gave majority of the youths avenue to vent their anger.
One Khadijah Sumbo in her comment said, “Stop comparing El-Rufai and Zulum to your governor” while Kabiru Pawa said, “We have a ghost governor in Niger state.”
Another comment that got the attention was the one by Samaila Garba who said, “We shall only be free in 2021. for now, we are in real trouble in Niger state.”
Also, Tafida Jibidiga said, “Lolo is a failed governor. If it all you witness the scene of these killings, you will understand why we are saying all these.” While Sagir Shehu said, “He is busy attending APC registration and realisation exercise than to concern himself about his state.”
Yahaya Ibrahim who asked rhetorically said, “The Governor we have in Niger state, is he a governor? He doesn’t care. To pay salaries, he cannot, is it to protect the people that he will do? Kidnappers are busy kidnapping people along kwakuti to Lambata road since Friday, what have the government done? We have no power to challenge them, Allah does and we leave them to God.”
And Umar Idris in his own reaction said, “Actually, we do not even have a governor in Niger state.”
The reaction is coming following recent killing of over 21 villagers and abduction of 40 people in four communities in Shiroro local government area of Niger state.
Although, Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, who reacted to the recent killing and abduction said the number of victims has not been ascertain.
Matane however assured that the state government is doing everything possible within it powers to address the problem of insecurity affecting the state.