Our attention has been drawn to the new vindictive and fraudulent recall process being orchestrated by the so-called ‘Concerned Kaduna Central Indigenes’ through one Aliyu Sa’idu Dan Baturiya sponsored by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasiru Ahmad Elrufa’i against Shehu Sani, the Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the Senate. It is no longer news that this latest round of drama is the culmination of the frosty relationship that exists between the domineering Governor and the fearless Senator. We are worried about this embarrassing scenario in our dear state particularly our Senatorial Zone.
Yet, looking into the situation from a dispassionate view, one is bound to ask – what is actually the sin of Senator Shehu Sani? Right from days of his activitism and up till today, the Senator had always insisted on not only the good governance of Kaduna State but Nigeria in general. He has thus on different occasions championed anti corruption campaigns as reflected on his sponsored bills and motions in the Senate.
What we are seeing today is Shehu Sani’s consistent insistence not to join Nasiru Elrufa’i in impoverishing Kaduna State. It is no secret that since Nasiru Elrufa’i became Governor he has plunged Kaduna State into one crises or the other in a bid to become the Emperor of Kaduna State politics. This did not stop him from retrenching both the state and local government workers. Many of the state owned institutions have not been performing optimally in spite of being a beneficiary of the Federal Government’s bail-out funds and also the Paris club refund to states. Kaduna State is now adjudged one of the worst governed states in Nigeria since the emergence of the new Adolf Hitler in the state. Nothing is working in the state and Shehu Sani and other progressives have vowed never to remain silent in the face of this gross mis-governance.
It is therefore, outrageous that rather than commit himself to revamping the state, Governor Elrufa’i would devote his entire energy, state resources and time to a futile and fraudulent recall process of Shehu Sani that would further plunge the state into unimaginable debts. Besides, this is a Chief Security Officer of a state who is now the prime architect of insecurity in his own state. Elrufa’i’s acute sense of insecurity has turned Kaduna State to a volatile one as he continues to project his fear unto others.
Analyzing Elrufa’i’s flawed reign as Kaduna State Governor can take 50 chapters of a book covering all the unpalatable ramifications of his totally inglorious term in the saddle. Here is a complete opportunist of a failed Governor who clearly does not understand what democracy is all about. While enjoying perks of the office of a governorship he neither earned nor deserves in any way, he shows absolutely no interest in understanding our constitution and its dictates pertaining to that office and its proper relationship with other arms of government.
If we may ask, “what does Governor Elrufa’i really want, in the first place?” Perhaps, his desire is that the laws should be amended by the National Assembly so that he can have the sole right to choose those to represent Kaduna State in the Senate, House of Representatives, the House of Assembly, Local Government Chairmen and Councilors as well! This may be the only way he can exercise his powers as sole administrator or emperor of a poverty stricken state he has only succeeded in ruining further. While John Maxwell famously held that competence is not a substitute for lack of character, in Nasiru Elrufa’i, we have a man who clearly has no character to speak of and exhibits no competence expected of a Governor.
Character is the moral infrastructure any god fearing leader should have.
Elrufa’i is so committed to denigrating the legislature as a separate, independent and co-equal arm of government that as if to prove the point that he lacks all democratic credentials, he is busy having supporters of Senator Shehu Sani arrested for no reason than their loyalty to the comrade.
While this desperation by Nasiru Elrufa’i is clearly a political vendetta as the rising political profile of Senator Shehu Sani is seen as a threat to his dwindling political fortunes in Kaduna State, the travesty has however revealed the true character of Elrufa’i as a man to be watched carefully comes 2019. Certainly, Nasiru Elrufa’i would be on his own as prominent Kaduna State indigenes and stakeholders are against his candidacy comes 2019.
Senator Shehu Sani is clearly a fighter on the side of the defenseless masses of Kaduna State. Shehu’s revolutionary life was sharpened by the lives of world class heroes and icons of freedom and democracy Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Malcom X and Martin Luther King Jnr. His numerous awards are pointers to his avowed goal of repositioning the poor masses of his state to stand against forces of oppression and repression in a poverty ravaged state like Kaduna State.
As we await the outcome of the ‘comedy of errors’ in which a failed Governor Nasiru Elrufa’i now apparently seeks a new career as the sacker of legislators, we call on well meaning Nigerians to condemn the misuse of state power while demanding that Elrufa’i concentrates on rescuing his sinking state from the political abyss that wants to consume him and his horde of daily bread hatchet men. Knowing he can never win an election freely and fairly in Kaduna State, his antics now remind one of the story of the proverbial chicken which attempts to destroy anything it cannot get.
It is our view that no one should be allowed to hold Kaduna State to ransom. Nasiru Elrufa’i is not the first Governor of Kaduna State and he certainly will not be the last. He should therefore not destroy the state to a level that would make it a laughing stock in Nigeria. He should also realize that putting out another man’s candle does not light his own. As men of reason gather in support of Senator Shehu Sani, we believe that very soon Kaduna State will be liberated from the clutches of this emperor whose governance style is not only strange but kindergarten.
For the avoidance of doubt, if a lawmaker must be recalled, it must come genuinely from his constituents without outside forces remotely controlling the process with state resources. The constitution does not envisage that a Governor is in a position directly or indirectly to sack a Senator, a Member of the House of Representatives, or even a Member of a State House of Assembly. Therefore,
Nasiru Elrufa’i must be stopped, simple.
Mustapha Aliyu, Coordinator ,Youth movement