Lawal Dauda, Zamfara State Governor Speaks On Declaring N9 Trillion As His Assets

The new governor of Zamfara state Dauda Lawal has opened up on declaring nine trillion naira as his asset.

Lawal who was sworn in as the Zamfara state governor on Monday, May 29, 2023, was allegedly declared an asset worth N9trillion and placed him above Aliko Dangote who is Africa’s richest man.

However, reacting to the development on Thursday during an interview with Radio France International (RFI) Hausa, he said the people of Zamfara will not be facing so many challenges if he had N9 trillion, adding that he would have used the money for the development of the state.

The governor said the allegation was speculation by people looking to cause mischief, adding that his assets are available for those who wish to verify.

“Amin. I hope so and I pray that God gives me that kind of money. May God bless me with that kind of money to help my people,” he said.

If I have that kind of money, all the challenges my people are battling, I would have used the money to solve the problems.

“Now, this issue is a public statement and there are forms for whoever wants to confirm to come and do so.

“This is nothing but an allegation perpetrated by mischief makers, those who want to drag my name in the mud but I thank God, for this money they are alleging that I declared, I pray to God to give me such an amount of money so I can use it to help my people.”

Similarly, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Sulaiman Idris, on Friday in Gusau, Lawal described the story as a fabricated lie designed to distract the new government from its Rescue Zamfara path.

He further said it is a continuation of the lies perpetrated by those who lost the election, as they had during their dirty campaign.

Idris added that the new government has started work and is focused on ensuring it brings the needed sanity to governance in the state to deliver on its mandate.

The statement read in parts: “Our attention has been drawn to a mischievous story planted and pushed in the social media claiming that the Executive Governor of Zamfara State, Dauda Lawal has declared assets worth Nine Trillion Naira. The government is constrained to issue this statement as it is said that lies often repeated (and left unchallenged) take on the face of the truth.

“This ridiculous and fabricated lie was created and pushed in social media is untrue by mischief makers bent on distracting the new government.

“The Provisions on the declaration of assets are entrenched in the Code of Conduct for public officers, which are contained in Part I of the Fifth Schedule to the 1999 Constitution, as amended must comply with by all Public Servants and it remains confidential in the Custody of the code of Conduct Bureau.

“All Public officers from the President, Vice president Governors all elected officials and all public servants must complete and submit the assets declaration form as required by the law. Dauda Lawal has complied with the requirement of the constitution and the contents are held in confidence with the Bureau, a highly respected and professional agency.

“We will not be carried away by such fabricated social media stunts, for our government is determined and focused on its resolve to address the security, Education, portable water, Health, Agricultural and other Socio-Economic challenges bedevilling the State. We are also working round the clock to ensure we deliver on the responsibilities and duties that the Governor has sworn an oath to.”

The governor through his spokesman said his government is putting in the work and have a lot of groundwork to do in its quest to rescue and rebuild a better Zamfara and remain focused on delivering on its mandate.

He urged the general public to please disregard the lie that is being deliberately published to distract and discredit his new administration.

By Temitope Hassan