By; BENEDICT SUNDAY, Kaduna
A governorship hopeful in Kaduna State, Hon Isa Ashiru Kudan, has chided Malam Nasir el-Rufai over attacks on opponents by political thugs.
Both Sen Suleiman Hunkuyi and Alhaji Tijjani Ramalan escaped by whiskers on Sunday when political thugs stormed the venue of their meeting in Kaduna metropolis, shooting sporadically.
Many people were said to have been injured. But in a statement he personally signed, Ashiru said: “As the 2019 General elections preparations and re-allignment by political actors are on top gear, Kaduna State has once again occupied a pole position on political violence.
“The attacks and assassination attempt on Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi and Tijjani Ramalan yesterday is a clear manifestation of rough roads ahead of 2019 General elections in Kaduna State.
“There is no doubt that events in the political scene in Kaduna State are heading to anarchy and lawlessness.
“It is indeed sad and shameful that politics in Kaduna State has turned into elimination on any citizen that is perceived to be an enemy of the government of the day in our state.
“The rights of individuals as guaranteed by our constitution to freely associate and freedoms of speech and assembly is now a taboo in Kaduna State,” the statement said.
He said the government of Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai’i should be held accountable for any bloodshed and destruction of property of perceived political enemies by thugs and agents of state.
“A lot of accusations are fingered to the government of Nasiru Ahmed el-Rufai for it’s laxity to protect its citizens.
“Kaduna State is in a state of war and annexation of its lands by armed bandits, kidnappers, Armed robbers, political thugs and gangsters.
“It is a known fact that everyday, our dear state of Kaduna will not be mentioned in a bad and sad mood of either armed bandits or militia herdsmen that are killing and cruelly injuring many.
“I and my political associates have condemned in strong terms an attempt to assassinate Senator Hunkuyi and Alh. Tijjani Ramalan. I equally call on the government to apprehend and prosecute those behind this ugly and dastardly act in order to exonerate itself from blame,” the statement added.