The family of the first Nigerian Prime Minister, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, has complained that the Bauchi State Government has totally neglected them.
The members of the former first family added that the present state government does not accord them the privileges they used to enjoy in the past.
The eldest son of the late Nigerian leader, Yakubu Balewa, made this complaint yesterday when a Community Based Organisation (CBO) in the state, ‘Save Bauchi State Organisation (SABSO), paid a visit to the family at their residence in Bauchi as part of their activities to mark this year’s independence day celebration.
According to him, Balewa’s children and those of other founding fathers of the country deserve recognition, support and assistance not only from their state governments but the federal government as well, considering the sacrifices made by their parents in building the nation during their lifetimes.
He however expressed gratitude to the organisation for the visit, disclosing that they were the first people who came to show them solidarity and celebrate the Independence Day anniversary with them this year.
Earlier in his speech, the Chairman of the SBSO, Zaharaddeen Baban Takko, said the history of Nigeria’s independence or democracy would be incomplete without mentioning the late Prime Minister, his contemporaries as well as acknowledging their selfless services to the nation.
He however explained that the organisation was established in 2011 with the objective to render charity and humanitarian services to the less privileged people in the state, adding that they had assisted many patients in hospitals and inmates in state prisons during the last Salah festival with cows, food and other items.