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Former Zamfara governor demands arrears of ‘monthly upkeep allowance’ from his successor, Twitter reacts


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The immediate past governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, has written his successor, Bello Matawalle, asking him to pay his outstanding ‘monthly upkeep allowance’ and pension.

Yari’s letter, dated October 17, addressed to the incumbent governor is presently making the rounds on social media and has evoked a series of reactions from social media users.

In the letter, Yari said he is entitled to N10 million monthly as an upkeep allowance, but he has only been paid twice (June and July) since he left office on May 29.

Quoting a law amended by the State House of Assembly in March, the former governor said the law provides for the entitlement of former governors, deputies, speakers and deputy speakers.

He warned that the law should not be truncated “without any justifiable reason”, and demanded the “settlement of the total backlog of the pension and upkeep as provided by the law”.

Yari wrote:

“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.

“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 the month of June and July while my pension for the month of June has not been paid.

“As the law provides, the pension and upkeep allowance are 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 regards and esteem.”

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Some Nigerians have taken to Twitter to poke fun at the letter and the letterhead with the tag “Office of the Former Governor, Zamfara State”.

Some describe the tag of “Office of the Former Governor, Zamfara State” as disappointing, while others also described Yari’s letter as a product of greed and lack of shame.

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A Twitter user Sara Omalicha tweeted:


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