By Najib Sani
Chairman, Tafawa Balewa local government council in Bauchi state, Comrade Aminu Umar Danbaba, has revealed that the state government initially requested for bailout funds of over N20 billion from the federal government, but was opportune to get only N8.6 billion.
He said if the money the state demanded had been granted, the much-talked about remaining two months’ salary arrears owed state and local government workers, respectively, in the state would have been settled by now.
Comrade Aminu Danbaba, who was speaking while receiving members of ‘Democratic Enlightenment Initiative’, a non-governmental organization that paid him a visit alleged that the opposition capitalizes on remaining salary arrears, owed civil servants as campaign gadget to blackmail the government.
Danbaba also alleged that the PDP was banking on its evil and clandestine activities to wreck power come 2019 elections, after 16 years of “despotic and neo-fascist rule” which tendencies consumed lives of millions innocent Nigerians and subjected others to abject poverty and hunger, among others.
Earlier, the director of the NGO, Abdulhamid Baba Sarki, recalled that Tafawa Balewa was the ancestral home of country’s late prime-minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, whose socio-economic and political contributions had remained indelible in the annals of history.
Chairman of the Democratic Enlightenment Initiative (DEI), Alhaji Aliyu Ibrahim, had in an opening address described Governor Mohammed Abubakar as “a detribalised Nigerian” whose revolutionary APC administration’s cardinal objective “is the security of lives and property of indigenes.”