Senator Kabiru Marafa on Monday warned that the name-dropping antics of embattled Zamfara state governor Abdul Aziz Yari will soon backfire with severe consequences. He said the governor has been using the name of President Muhammadu Buhari as a form of endorsement for personal and legal interests.
The Senator said that Governor Yari’s iftar dinner (breaking of Ramadan fast) with President Muhammadu Buhari in Saudi Arabia was an attempt to influence the outcome of the court.
“It is quite disheartening that Governor Yari and the Emir of Maradun will leave their domain on Saturday, the very day 13 people were killed during iftar and the bandits refused to allow the villagers to even bury their loved ones. Yari and the Emir decided to abandon them and travel to Saudi Arabia to dine with the president so that he can get undue advantage.”
“The uninvited and unwanted company of Yari at this point in time when the Supreme Court had fixed Friday 24 for judgement on Yari and APC Appeal amounts to contempt, Marafa said in a statement.
“It is all aimed at showing the panel of the esteemed justices and Nigerians that the president is friendly and sympathetic to his ungodly act.
“I can authoritatively say that the president is not with the wicked and unjust, the President stands for fairness and justice to all party members.
“Those dropping his name to influence judgement are his enemies, enemies of democracy, enemies of the people of Zamfara State in particular and the nation in general.
“This is illustrated by his (Buhari) call to all aggrieved party members to approach the courts for redress on any injustice meted out on them by the party or any individual.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, let me state that the president has never been happy with the happenings in Zamfara and he stands with the people of the state on this issue.
Marafa urged the esteemed judges of the Supreme Court to discharge their responsibility without fear or favour.
“The president is interested in justice only and not anybody or group of persons,” he concluded.