Ahmadu Fintiri, the Governor of Adamawa State who owes his re-election to the political interventions of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, has announced the appointment of at least 35 persons to serve as Special Assistants on Social Media and Content Creation.
They were appointed alongside about 12 other Senior Special Assistants and Special Advisers, taking the number of aides announced today, Aug 3, to a total of 47.
The news has raised concerns about the financial health of the state, with critics questioning the wisdom of the governor to run such an expansive government at the time the country is experiencing economic distress and the public has been asked to endure painful sacrifices.
Many wondered why the governor requires 35 aides on “social media and content creation” to engage with the public. Others said the action represents the insincerity of the Adamawa state government about its pledge to cut the cost of governance and place the state on the path of sustainable growth.
Fintiri narrowly won re-election following a drawn-out drama about the announcement of the results. He was up against Aisha Binani of the APC who came close to making history as the first female elected Governor in the history of the country. The matter remains a subject of legal dispute.