Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State purchased Cadillac 2019 series for 260 Emirs and other traditional chiefs in his very poor state that’s under daily bombardment of terrorists with the death of hundreds of poor citizens murdered, maimed and displaced.
That model of Cadillac goes for an average of $95, 000; that’s around N40m each. When you multiply N40m by 260 Emirs, you get 10. 4bn Emirs, sorry, I mean N10.4bn.
Zamfara is home to the highest number of poor and vulnerable people in Nigeria, according to the National Social Registry, with a record of 3,836,484 from 825,337 households.
According to the United Nations, a person is considered to live in extreme poverty when they are living on less than $1.90 per day; that is N798 per day.
According to Rotimi Sankore, a data analyst, “Roughly 80 per cent people in Zamfara has no secondary school education. This accounts for why bandits have a huge reservoir of recruits on which they continuously tap from”
Zamfara ranked 36th in WAEC ranking. In Zamfara, the doctor to patient ratio is 1 doctor to 14,000 patients. Zamfara State is a disaster happening with unabated human carnage.
It’s under this terrible human social and economic conditions that Mattawale’s Zamfara State is wasting N10. 4bn on rich traditional rulers many of whom already have more than enough luxury vehicles in their garages.
If an average of N2m is spent to train and establish its poor population, at least more than 5,000 citizens will be empowered and removed from the street of joblessness and crime where the youths are easily recruited to terrorist groups. Nigeria is truly an expanse looting field held hostage by its criminal ruling class.
Soetan is a media entrepreneur based in Lagos
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