How ex-Zamfara governor Yari paid self, deputy N525 million two days to handover

When a former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, wrote his successor, requesting for a N10 million monthly upkeep, in addition to his monthly pension as former governor, it generated a furore.

In the October 17 letter, Mr Yari told the incumbent governor, Bello Matawalle, that he had not enjoyed the N10 million “upkeep allowance” since July.

The former governor relied on a pension law he assented two months before leaving office, in making the request.

Pension for former governors has been a controversial issue since Nigeria’s return to civil rule in 1999.

A number of states passed laws giving huge retirement benefits to ex-governors, a practice that is much criticised by activists as extravagant and self-serving.

A report claims that 21 of Nigeria’s 36 states spent…

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