The Coalition of Activists and Human Rights Defence in Nigeria has told governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State to address the state’s pressing security challenges and not engage in distracting the Minister of State for Defense, Bello Mohammed Matawalle.
Recently, the Zamfara government accused Matawalle of embezzling billions of naira from the state cargo airport project.
The state government alleged that the former governor directed the ministry of local government to withdraw N1 billion from the local government joint account on October 25, 2021, and to pay N825 million to the contractors without any valuation.
The state government also alleged that Matawalle approved 100 percent payment of over one billion naira for fencing, landscaping, and furnishing of governor’s lodges in 14 LGAs.
The former governor was also accused of other forms of financial recklessness.
Speaking in an interview with DCL Hausa, the former Zamfara governor accused Lawal of sponsoring lies against him, adding that the challenges in the state did not begin with his administration.
Matawalle claimed that the allegations are designed to initiate his removal as minister.
Weighing in, the Coalition of Activists and Human Rights Defence, at a press briefing Friday in Abuja, passed a vote of confidence on the former Zamfara governor.
Comr Anas Abdullahi Kaura, its General Secretary, said, “I want to highlight the remarkable achievements of the Matawalle’s government in the social amenities sector. Under Matawalle’s leadership, the government has left behind a substantial legacy, including assets worth billions of naira, such as shares in 14 companies, a house valued at 6 billion naira near the airport, and a 6.8 billion naira hotel. These assets have been dutifully handed over to the current government.
“Moreover, Matawalle’s administration made significant strides in improving the lives of the people of Zamfara State. They established dispensaries in every local government area, effectively addressing the healthcare needs of the community. Additionally, over 136 kilometers of roads were constructed, enhancing transportation infrastructure. Schools were repaired, providing better educational opportunities for the youth.
“Notably, 7,400 teachers were employed and also he appointed 8,000 political appointees all from humble backgrounds, without influential connections. Matawalle’s commitment to education extended to providing free education and establishing the welfare center known as Matawalle Care, which supported the less privileged.
“Unfortunately, the current government has failed woefully with zero achievements. and they refuse to continue these vital initiatives from the past government. Their lack of effort is evident, their focus is on tarnishing Matawalle’s image through the spread of propaganda, neglecting their primary responsibilities.
“I urge the governor to direct his attention towards fulfilling his primary responsibilities rather than engaging in the dissemination of false information and propaganda against Matawalle. As a leader, it is imperative to prioritize the well-being of the people and work towards unity and progress. I hope Dauda recognizes the importance of his role and focus on constructive actions that benefit the people of Zamfara state.”