Yari: ‘God should not spare me if anyone is covering corruption on my behalf’

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Former Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari says God should take his life if any fronts man or collaborator is holding ill-gotten wealth on his behalf without exposing him.

Yari, who is eyeing the National Chairmanship of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stated this in an interview published by Saturday Vanguard.

He was responding to an allegation by an online medium that N8 billion worth of gold bars owned by him were seized at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana.

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Yari described the allegation as “baseless”, “absolute rubbish” and part of a campaign of calumny against him.

He said that established media organisations in Nigeria were able to disprove the allegation by reaching their contacts in Ghana who confirmed that no such seizure occurred in their country.

The former governor challenged anyone with evidence of any bank account where he is keeping stolen funds to step further and enlighten the public.

Yari said, “Publishing absolute rubbish can easily get quacks into big trouble when a maligned or libeled person decides to sue.

“I never knew anyone in that place and contrary to a few person’s very wild speculations, I never had any such gold.

“The baseless allegation easily fizzled out because genuine publications which had colleagues and other contacts in Ghana found that there was no substance to it.

“Well, some persons can fabricate lies but at the end of the day, the truth will prevail.

“They have circulated rumours that I got money from the London Paris Club, that I robbed the state and did this, that and that but I challenge anyone either in the Governors’ Forum or in the state – anybody!

“I have mentioned it time without number, that if there is any fronts man or collaborator within or outside who is holding money on my behalf or who knows where I kept money, I say that God should not spare him if he decides to cover me up!

“I made it very clear but at least, I know myself what I have been doing and what I did for my people and the (Governors’) Forum, what I even did for my party the APC…

“So, whatever lie someone wants to tell, he should put the facts on the ground that is the most important; not using some faceless cowards like himself to disseminate fabricated lies.

“If there is anybody who knows any account of mine anywhere, either in Nigeria or anywhere or that of any of my associates, they should come and put it before the public.”


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