Governor Umaru Tanko Al’Makura of Nasarawa State has alleged that he has been having a running battle with some of the elites in the state in the last two years ago simply because he has refused to share the state’s revenue to them as was allegedly being done in the past.
The governor who spoke exclusively to THISDAY in Nasarawa recently said on assumption of office, he introduced a high level of financial discipline in the management of the state’s resources which allegedly made some of the elites uncomfortable.
Said Al’Makura: “Good values, ethical re-orientation, discipline and prudence in the management of the resources of the people of Nasarawa State are some of the reasons why I am having problems with some of the elite. Some of them want Nasarawa’s money shared at the expense of the people who are forgotten, abandoned and wallowing in hunger, poverty and deprivation. I am their servant and I will serve them.”
The governor is also still very bitter over the alleged negative role played by some members of the Eggon tribe before, during and after the recent killing of 79 security agents by Ombatse cult members based in their domain. He debunked allegations of political marginalization of the Eggons in Nasarawa politics by his administration.
“It is rather unfortunate that Nasarawa State has been in the news lately for the killing of policemen and security operatives by a cult group, even after being generous to Eggon folks with key political offices.
“If any tribe should be at the fore of making spurious claims, the Eggons should be the last to do same. I remember while assuming office, swearing with the holy Qur’an to discharge my duties without fear or favour and discrimination, not even to people from other political parties, as I am duty bound to deliver good governance to everyone. Hence, for anybody to level such an allegation, it is rather unkind. Whatever crisis took place, I always insisted on going there myself sometimes even against security advice," said the governor.