Former Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, has said that he only spent N1.2 billion on funeral materials and not N2.3 billion as alleged by his successor.
Recall that Governor Bala Mohammed had accused Mr Abubakar of spending N2.3 billion on funeral materials in five months.
Abubakar, through his media aide, Mukhtar Jibril, said he inherited the practice of buying funeral materials from his predecessors due to its impact on the people.
“In response to media reports on the issue of mahogany and shrouds procured for burials, we want to state that this is a practice inherited by the government of Abubakar from its predecessors. Considering its significance and impact on the people, especially the bereaved, it decided to continue with it.
“However, the project, like any other of the same magnitude, was awarded to qualified contractors. Based on the available verifiable record, N1,270,743,520 had been expended since its inception and not the exaggerated figure of N2.3 billion mischievously posted on the social media by critics,” Mr Jibril said.
He added that the purchases were not arbitrary but passed through due process.
“Besides, every contract awarded was subjected to the scrutiny and appraisal of the due process agency in accordance with public procurement law, contract agreement, payment of tax due on such contracts and other requirements.
“We urge the good people of the state to disregard this insinuation and act of desperation by elements of retrogression,” he said.