Ex-Bauchi Governor Debunks Claims Of Spending N2.3Bn On Burial, Says He Spent N1.2Bn


Immediate past governor of Bauchi state, Mohammed Abubakar has been accused by the incumbent governor, Bala Mohammed, of spending N2.3 billion on funeral materials in just five months. According to Mohammed’s spokesman, Ladan Salihu, Abubakar spent a whooping sum of N2.3 billion on funerals between January and May 2019 without appropriation by the legislature.

Salihu also stated that the expenditure was gathered from documents, vouchers, and payments made from the state’s treasury books.

He said:

“How could you imagine that a state government, within five months that is between January and May 2019, spent well over N2.3 billion on funeral materials, the clothes that are used in wrapping dead bodies and the woods that you lace the graveyards with?”

He made a promise that the new government will do all in its capacity to recover every monies that have been looted from the state’s treasury during Abubakar’s administration.

“It is an obligation: you don’t allow criminality to run roughshod on the rest of us because these are public funds. We must take steps, there’s no factor of fear or favour or ill will, and it is just the way the business of government must be conducted. We will take every measure. “We’ll use every institution and go after everyone that has stolen Bauchi State’s money,” he said.

However, A Social Media Aide to the former Governor, Muktar Jibril, has debunked the allegation that his principal  spent the sum of N2.3 billion for the purchase of woods and shrouds for burial of dead bodies at the Bauchi Muslims cemetery.

Reacting to the allegation in a press statement he issued to journalists on Tuesday, Jibril claimed that the ex-governor inherited the practice of purchasing the burial materials for the graveyard from his predecessors.

 He claimed that according to his findings, a total of N1.2 billion was expended not N2.3 billion as alleged by the incumbent governor.

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