A former Governor of Niger State, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has stated that he is being investigated by his successor, Governor Abu Sani Bello.
Aliyu, popularly called the Servant Leader, told newsmen that “I am under investigation. For me, it is a normal process of balancing facts on documents with reality on ground. I did it to my predecessor and that helped in projecting achievements of the government I took over from.
“It is indeed interesting to intimate that investigations present scorecards and not necessarily what people misunderstand as confirmation of crime committed by past administrations.
“Records are available for vetting and every detail of government activities during my eight years as governor has been documented for scrutiny. I will continue to support his administration to succeed.”
“The investigation will not affect my relationship with the incumbent governor. I will always avail myself anytime he needs my input. All I want is the success of my dear state,” he declared.
The former governor also expressed deep sympathy for his successor, Governor Abu Sani Bello over economic realities which had made payment of workers salaries an uphill task.
Continuing he said, “I can understand what my successor is passing through especially on the issue of payment of salaries. When I was finding it difficult to pay workers salaries at the close of my administration, not many people saw reasons why I had to take loans to augment what we got from the Federal Government.
“When my governor said he was finding it difficult to pay salaries, some people misunderstood him. I know he was telling the honest truth. The allocation to Niger state has plummeted to N600m. Niger is a state that depends largely on handouts from the center and the only option left is to borrow pending when the present economic challenges normalize.”
Aliyu said, “I am happy he is on the right path and with favorable economic climate he will achieve more. I am a Nigerlite and nothing can change that fact.
“If my governor fails, it will affect me deeply. Political party affinity is not important once it comes to working towards building a vibrant Niger state. It is indeed my duty to pray for him to achieve,” he stated.