Lawmaker Alleges Massive Looting by El-Rufai’s Government in Kaduna

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By Milcah Tanimu

Henry Marah Zachariah, chairman of the Kaduna State House Committee on Information, has accused former Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s administration of extensively looting the state’s resources. Zachariah’s allegations were made public on Wednesday following the Kaduna State House of Assembly’s indictment of El-Rufai and several of his aides for allegedly siphoning over N423 billion from 2015 to 2023.

El-Rufai has denied the allegations, insisting that he served Kaduna State with integrity. However, the Assembly has called on Governor Uba Sani to refer those indicted, including former commissioners for finance, heads of agencies, and accountants-general who served during the period, to relevant security agencies for further investigation.

During an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Zachariah provided further details on the alleged corruption, stating, “El-Rufai’s government mercilessly looted Kaduna State. When he came in, the total debt was $235 million. But in his eight years in government, he single-handedly took $758 million dollars. By the time he came into office in 2015, the domestic debt was completely wiped out, but he left about N33 billion.”

Zachariah criticized the former governor’s financial management, questioning the integrity of his administration. “Go and check his handover note. How much did he leave for us? The money he collected to execute these projects, over 60 percent of the projects were abandoned. It will take Kaduna State 20 years to complete what he left behind. Where is the integrity?” he remarked.

He added that anyone who signed contracts during El-Rufai’s tenure would be called to account, including El-Rufai himself, who would have the opportunity to defend his actions.

The accusations of financial mismanagement and project abandonment have raised significant concerns about the long-term economic impact on Kaduna State, with calls for thorough investigations to ensure accountability and justice.


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