The picture of a man at the top of a radio mast in Kano State has emerged and gone viral on social media. The man, Mallam Abdullahi Shabege, an entrepreneur attempted to commit suicide by climbing to the top of the mast belonging to Kano State Broadcasting Corporation, insisting Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara State must step down as Chairman of Nigeria Governors' Forum or he kills himself.
Mallam Shabege accused Governor Yari of not fulfilling his promises to him when he was campaigning for the position of Zamfara State Governor in 2011. He (Shabege) said he was his lead Praise singer then and the governor promised to support his tricycle fabrication business which would have provided jobs for about 2000 youths. He stated this in the suicide note he dropped. In his words, “I was the leader Zamfara state singers forum in 2011 when Yari was bidding for governorship of the state and when we won the election I had free access to the governor at anytime I want to see him, the opportunity I used to present to him my God given talent of fabrication of tricycles.
“The governor was very impressed with my talent, seeing how it could be harnessed to address the issue of unemployment among youth and thus promised to support the innovation.
“He further promised to take me to President Muhammadu Buhari for presidential support, this spurred me to improve and modified the machine in various shapes and sizes, but to my greatest amazement, when I took some of the tricycles to the governor to confirm to him what I told him he denied me, that made me frustrated given the money and everything I spent in the project”.
It took the intervention of the State fire service and SSS to get him to come down at about 11:40am.
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