From Olanrewaju Lawal, Birnin Kebbi

The Kebbi State Governor, Dr Nasir Idris, has distanced himself from the claim of Senator Garba Musa Maidoki that he spent N6 billion annually on the Nigeria Army.

Idris stated this in a statement made available to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi by his Chief Press Secretary, Ahmed Idris.

In the statement titled: ‘Re-How Kebbi Spends N6billion on Army Annually’, Governor Idris insisted that there was no iota of truth in the senator’s claim.

According to him, “the attention of Kebbi State Government has been drawn to a news story describing the above subject matter where a serving Senator from the State, Senator Garba Musa Maidoki, representing Kebbi South informed his colleagues as shocking.

“The above disclosures may be shocking, but I make bold to say that the Senator himself has exaggerated the said amount, especially as he was quoted to have said the Governor told him so.

“There is, however, no iota of fact in the statement, as His Excellency the Executive Governor of Kebbi State never made such disclosures.

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“As a serving Senator, the Distinguished Senator Maidoki ought to have clarified some facts before tabling such motion before his distinguished colleagues, even though it a known fact that the issue of insecurity had bedevilled the entire Kebbi State.

The general public, members of the press and above all Distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria are to note the very fact that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Kebbi State cannot and will not be too careless with a sensitive issue like that of insecurity.

“For a serving Senator representing the State to have made such a careless statement is, to say the least, very disturbing”.

The statement quoted Senator Maidoki to have said, “My Governor told us that every month, he spent N500 million on the Nigerian Army but where is the money being given with unending attacks and killings? If the Nigerian Army relies on Governors to give money before establishing bases at sensitive areas, then we are not making headways”, Senator Maidoki was quoted to have said.

While condemning the utterances of the Senator, representing Kebbi South senatorial district, Governor Idris noted if the above statement was part of what the Senator said, it can only be taken as a general one, not for Kebbi State.

He said: “he should, however, desist against playing politics with sensitive matters like insecurity which is more prevalent with Kebbi, Zamfara and Katsina States. This is too serious to be ignored.”

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