Kufena Hill: El-Rufai’s outburst irresponsible- Shehu Sani
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON, Kaduna.
The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Senator Shehu Sani has taken a swipe at Kaduna State Governor, MalamNasiru Ahmed El-Rufai describing as irresponsible the statement credited to him asking aggrieved people over appointments into his administration to climb the Kufena hill and fall.
It would be recalled that the governor had recently during a town hall meeting with stakeholders from Kaduna Central, stated that whoever was angry with the appointments at all levels can go and climb the Kufena hill and fall.
According to Senator Sani who bared his mind on the Kufena Mountain statement while receiving a youth group who paid him a courtesy visit in his Kaduna office, “the positive aspect of the governors proclamation on the Kufena mountain is that he has put it on a national discuss and it has become a tourist attraction for people who want to see where opposition suppose to go climb, fall and die.
“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 advise to all the opposition forces in Kaduna State, is that we should turn Kufena hills into a meeting place to demand for good governance, accountability and government without arrogance.”
On the alleged marginalisation of the people of Southern Kaduna, he said, “the future of Southern Kaduna cannot be realised due to greed and sycophancy of their elites. The younger generation of Southern Kaduna must continue 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 people must continue to challenge the Government of the state to demand equal opportunity and equal representation and you must not 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 emphasized that in the past, the elites from southern Kaduna mortgaged the rights and entitlements of their people in bargain for their personal and political gains, hence the reason the area is the most underdeveloped part of north western part of Nigeria.
“The feature is realisable within the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the national level, but am not sure if the state has any plan for Southern Kaduna.
“New generation of Southern Kaduna must take mantle of leadership ready to fight and die for their course, you must not beg anybody to be recognized and respected, it is your fundamental right”.
He assured the youth group of his preparedness to work with the Senator from the southern Kaduna zone to do the needful for the area.
Speaking, the chairman of the youth group from Southern Kaduna Friday Jangado, commended the Senator over his activities which according to them is touching the lives of all and sundry, and pledged their support for him.
The youth group under the auspices of Southern Kaduna Youth Mobilization for Peace Forum said they have watched over time with keen interest the activities of the activist Senator and are optimistic that if given a higher position now or in the future, he will definitely engage in activities that will better the lives of the people of their region unlike what is obtainable now, hence their support for him.