When a reporter of Freedom Radio Kano drew the attention of Governor Lamido to public concerns about the involvement of his children in grabbing government contracts and living lifestyles inconsistent with legitimate income or honest labour, the Governor flared up like a bear with a sore head.
The interview ended abruptly because Lamido used the blackmail of anger not to answer a very legitimate question from a journalist. His children have been living flashy lifestyles, driving state-of-the-art cars and Jeeps in a poverty ravaged State like Jigawa.
The corruption scandal against Lamido didn’t come as a surprise to me. He has all the while thrown dust in the
eyes of gullible people, pretending to be Malam Aminu Kano’s disciple. He dubiously calls himself “Jagoran Talakawa” ( the leader of the masses) while quietly siphoning their money through his children.
The allegation that Lamido is being witch hunted is arrant diversionary nonsense! Nobody is denying that Lamido’s children stole these unbelievable and mind-boggling billions. Lamido’s relationship with President Jonathan is immaterial. The real issue is that these billions were indeed stolen by his children. Telling me you are not the only thief is not a defence at all. Can a thief brought before the court tell a Judge to set him free because he is not the only thief in the land? That is not a defence anywhere.
Lamido is a disgrace to the memory of the late Malam Aminu Kano. If we didn’t fail to condemn the corrupt activities of former Governor Saminu Turaki of Jigawa State, why should anybody now hesitate to condemn corruption because it
involves Lamido? This is double standard; this is nauseating hypocrisy. And it is ridiculous!
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