Bauchi State Government Releases Statement Explaining N20m Cash in Commissioner’s Office
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser on Communications to Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State, Shamsuddeen Lukman Abubakar,the viral pictures of the stacks of cash found in the office of a commissioner has been explained.
Shamsuddeen explained that the money in the picture which has been trending on social media and believed to be about N20m was neither an illegal transaction nor a money laundering attempt but in fact a benevolent act of the state as it was set aside to be disbursed to various mosques for feeding during the ongoing Ramadan. It was presented by Commissioner Abdullah Mohammed Idris to the people on Wednesday, 15 June, on behalf of the state governor.
The statement obtained from LIB reads:
“Good evening to the good people of Bauchi state. It has come to my attention, the circulation of certain photographs online of money found on the table of a serving Commissioner of Bauchi state. I wish to assure you all that, the said picture is no implication of corruption or illegal money transactions.
This period of Ramadan teaches us to extend love to the poor, less privileged and the non buoyant. In line with this, and as has always been done, the Bauchi State Government releases funds to mosques in Bauchi state for the provision of iftar to faithfuls. These funds are disbursed through the Office of the Commissioner for Religious Affairs, to assist faithfuls who are not buoyant enough to afford iftar.
“Once again, we understand the insensitivity of the image, surfacing at a time like this when we as a Government are working hard to achieve a corruption-free and transparent administration.
We want to assure the good people of Bauchi state that all and sundry is being done to make the best use of resources, fight corruption within the State and ensure that all our promises to the people are fully delivered”.
May Allah crown our efforts with success.
Shamsuddeen Lukman Abubakar
SA Communications to His Excellency the Governor of Bauchi State
16th June, 2016
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