Former member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Kasim Mohammed Kasim, and a group, United Youths for Progress of Nasarawa State yesterday descended on the state House of Assembly for probing a scam of N1 billion allegedly committed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Ahmed Aliyu Tijani.
The former lawmaker stated that the action of the lawmakers was driven by greed for self-enrichment through coercion and blackmail.
Kasim, who had represented Akwanga South state constituency, said this at a press briefing in Lafia, adding that the action of the House was targeted at causing a stir between Governor Abdullahi Sule and his predecessor, Senator Tanko Al-Maura, so that they can benefit from the spoils.
He said, “The assembly is consumed by greed and we will not allow them trade our state off for their pockets.
“It is rather unfortunate that those causing the crisis are all benefiaries of Al-Makura’s legacies in the state, but are now attempting to ridicule his enduring name and legacies.”
Kasim therefore concluded by challenging the state lawmakers to publish the true position of school renovation and fencing scam for public perusal.
In a related development, a group, United Youths for Progress of Nasarawa State said those calling for Tijani’s head leave one with the conclusion that there is ulterior motives, which has so much to do with political undertones.
The group said that while it strongly advocates for probity, accountability and transparency in government and private dealings, it does not accept any action capable of undermining ethical proceedings all in a bid to drag the personality of the SSG to the mud.
The youths made their position known through their spokesman, Yahaya Abdulrahman, at a press briefing in Lafia.
Abdulrahman said, “The United Youths for Progress of Nasarawa State hereby calls on esteemed citizens of our dear state to remain focused in their poise to enthrone sanity and progress in the polity, while not dancing to the whims and caprices of individuals and groups seeking to cause unnecessary heat and disrupt the smooth success of legislative oversight by our state lawmakers.”