Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central senatorial district has blasted Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, over his ‘irresponsible statement’.
Senator Shehu Sani and Governor Nasir El-Rufai
On October 17, during a town hall meeting with stakeholders from Kaduna Central, the governor said that anyone who was not satisfied with his appointments could “go and climb the Kufena mountain, jump and fall”.
Daily Post reports that while speaking with a youth group from Southern Kaduna zone of the state, led by their chairman, Friday Jangado, Senator Sani strongly criticized the governor and his recent comment.
“But in a serious sense, it is an irresponsible statement to have called on people who voted us into power to climb such a hill, fall and to die. My advice to all the opposition forces in Kaduna state is that we should turn Kufena hills into our meeting place to demand for good governance, accountability and government without arrogance.
“The positive aspect of the governor’s proclamation on the Kufena mountain is that he has put it on a national discourse and it has become a tourist attraction for people who want to see where opposition supposed to go climb, fall and die,” the senator said.
During the meeting, Sani also spoke about the alleged marginalisation of the people of Southern Kaduna and the future of the region.
The senator called on the youth of Southern Kaduna to mount pressure on the state government and continue to irritate the ears of the federal government at the national level on development of the region.
“What happened in the past is likely to happen under this government, so the people of Southern Kaduna must continue to challenge the government of the state to demand equal opportunity and equal representation and you must neither allow yourself to continue to play the second fiddle nor should you rest on bronze medal, you must be respected and the only way to get your respect is to continue to challenge the establishment and political order in the state,” he said.
Meanwhile, El-Rufai insisted that he was misrepresented on comments he made during the Town Hall meeting with stakeholders.
The governor said that did not ask anyone to die over appointments, adding that he was only making it known that those who were fine with his appointments could climb the Kufena Hills and jump.
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