Rep Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, Wikilin Birni
By Baba Shehu Oscu, Bauchi
The Member representing Bauchi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Yakubu Shehu Abdullahi, said he has spent over N33million in purchasing cows and rams for members of his constituency to perform the August 11 Eid-el-Kabir sacrifice and cerebration.
Hon Yakubu, who was elected under the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), disclosed that he distributed the animals to his constituents and his party members during the recent Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Speaking with newsmen at his residence recently, Shehu, who is popularly known by his traditional title of Wakilin Birni, said that the chairman and secretary of his party and the caretaker chairman of Bauchi Local Government Area also received one ram each to mark the Sallah sacrifice.
The politician, who defected to PRP from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and subsequently secured a landslide victory at the last polls, said his gesture was informed by the high level of lack of capacity among most members of his constituents.
He said: “When I came home for the Sallah, I witnessed that most of my people are poor and do not have the capacity to do their sacrifice that was why I made my own contribution by distributing some animals.”
The federal lawmaker disclosed that the animals were distributed to the 12 wards in his constituency.
Shehu, who is the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Emergency and Disaster, said: “I explained to my constituents that as a member representing them, I collect allowances of N8.5 million per month including salary, which is about N9million.
“What I shared to my people when calculated, I spent over N33 million which exceeds what I have been receiving as salary and allowances.
“I am dedicating myself to rendering good services to my people that is why I used my personal wealth for them to have something to celebrate their Sallah.
“I want to draw the attention of people to know that my representation is going to be different from the ones they have been used to.
“There is no reason for me to hide what I have been receiving as salary and allowances.
Speaking on his relationship with APC as his former party, the lawmaker said “I am 100 % with APC Government at the top but at state level PRP in my watch word. I remain in my party no going back.”