Zamfara governor, Abdulaziz Yari, who was sacked as senator-elect for Zamfara West, alongside all the other APC members that won elections for governor, state and national assembly in the state, has reacted to the Supreme Court’s verdict.
Yari described the verdict as “Allah’s will.” Addressing a gathering of APC supporters at the Zamfara Government House in Gusau, the governor said “we have done everything possible to ensure APC did not lose Zamfara State but as Allah wanted, the party lost the state.”
- Ascribing the defeat to Allah’s will is Yari’s typical way of engaging with issues.
- Throwback: In the middle of a severe meningitis outbreak in his state in 2017, Yari said the disease was punishment from God due to fornication in the country.
- Below is the chilling statement he made in an interview: “Because people refused to stop their nefarious activities, God now decided to send Type C virus, which has no vaccination.”
- “People have turned away from God and he has promised that ‘if you do anyhow, you see anyhow.’ That is just the cause of this outbreak, as far as I am concerned. There is no way fornication will be so rampant and God will not send a disease that cannot be cured.”
- “The most important thing is for our people to know that their relationship with God is not smooth. All they need to do is repent and everything will be alright,” he said.
Fact Check: Yari’s claim has been debunked several times, but to reiterate: Punishment from fornication is not a known cause of meningitis. The disease can be prevented by simple hygiene practices like washing hands, not sharing utensils, straws, among others.
So what was missing in Yari’s response to Supreme Court verdict? Even though Yari ascribed his loss to Allah’s will, he failed to mention what sin Allah was punishing him for. Was it fornication? Was it for failing the people of the state? For governing his state from Abuja? For frequently threatening violence, even on APC national leaders who wanted to conduct a valid primary in the state? For greed and refusing to compromise with other party members? It appears the list of possible sins are endless.