Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle of Zamfara on Wednesday distributed 260 cars to traditional rulers in the state.
The distribution was made by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, at Government House, Gusau.
Matawall said the gesture was made in recognition of the status of the traditional institution as the guardian of religion and culture and a vehicle of cohesion and peace in societies.
“It is in view of the high regard with which my administration regards our traditional rulers and our institutions that we have decided to purchase new cars, Cadillac model 2019, for 17 emirs, 13 principal district chiefs and 230 district chiefs. across the state,” the governor said.
Consequently, some Nigerians have taken to social media to express their anger over the governor’s “waste of public funds”.
Many of them lambasted the governor for not taking the welfare of the masses seriously.
Here are some of the reactions to the Daily Trust Facebook page:
Can you imagine that? Instead of buying him surveillance drones and other technological equipment that will help the state fight against insecurity, we still wonder when the film 🎥 will end.
Emy Baron Hilldon
Yes he is fine, his people are wallowing in misery. Money that is meant for all has now been wasted on a few. Tell me how there will be no bandits?
Zamfara with zero investment portfolio, high poverty rate, low internal income solely dependent on federal allowance, high non-school age, high mortality rate, high number of IDPs due to activities of bandits, high unemployment, increased hunger and frustration in the country.
Peter Amaneshi Ako
And they think the ordinary Zamfara man or woman will be happy for that? It’s totally uncomfortable in a state where drinking garri for dinner is like having breakfast with Queen Elizabeth of England. Shame Shame Shame on Governor Matawalle.
Ekundayo Joseph Fagbemi
It is the state that bandits and kidnappers kill people every day without action from the government.
These flashing cars attract bandit attacks. Thank you Governor Matawall for putting the lives of your traditional chiefs in danger.
Rilwanu Ashiru Fulatan
Misplaced priority. The capricious administration of Matawall is a curse on the state of Zamfara, it lacks concern for the governed. Despite the insecurity plaguing the state, he uses public funds to purchase luxury cars for the monarchs while thousands of displaced people starve to death in DP camps across the state.
The reactions are no different on Twitter. Here are some of the embedded tweets:
The lack of quality leadership is our problem in this country. Imagine this shifting priority.
— Hayatu Muh’d Sagir (@SagirHayatu) April 6, 2022
Monarchs control electorates, the majority of which are https://t.co/ZUBgwNQfOp get their votes in 2023, Matawall must work with these monarchs (with the religious leaders). This is why it is difficult to break the cycle of poverty in the North. @daily_trust @APCNigeria
— Prospects (@musa_dakata) April 6, 2022
Nigeria’s poorest state with almost no governance, where non-state actors are in charge of over 45% of the state. A state with the highest level of illiteracy, poverty and unemployment. Na waa
— Awareness of Truth PHD (@alphaolive) April 6, 2022
Why not use cheaper vehicles like Innoson jeeps or something better and use the remaining money to reduce the level of poverty in the state. Oh I see ! The elections are approaching
— Rabiu Hassan (@UmmiRabiu) April 6, 2022
I know everyone will be quick to insult the governor but what about monarchs who will accept these Greek gifts rather than demand that he rule?
Why is everyone just selfish?
— Afinju w’oja (@SimplyTEEWHY) April 6, 2022
I said it and I say it again, Nigerian politicians are not normal people!
— Osazuwa Alex Obadigie (@OsaObadigie) April 6, 2022