The immediate past governor of Benue state, Gabriel T Suswam has on Sunday reacted to accusation of looting the state’s money during his eight years tenure in office.
He brought this revelation to light during a special thanksgiving service organised for him at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, Makurdi, by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers at Benue State House of Assembly.
Suswam regretted that before the last general elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, had told the people that salaries were not being paid because the state’s funds were being stolen.
According to him: “Today that same salary issue is persisting, that is to tell you that we are in a deep economic crisis.
“I am not a thief, I’m not a criminal, I did not steal government money neither did I siphon the state’s resources.”
“In our time, we assumed office under tough circumstances, but we were able to achieve a milestone. The fact is that no one can do the job of governance at once.
“You do your best and leave the rest. I did my best. And I refused to demonize anyone when I assumed office, though I was pushed to do so by forces and individuals but I refused.”
Bear in mind, the administration of Suswam, who governed Benue State between 2007-2015, was tagged the worst in the history of Nigeria.