El-Rufai Threatening Democracy, Northern Groups Cry Out


By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna

The Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG), has observed that the action of Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s demolishing of opposition office in Kaduna is not only autocratic and barbaric but a latent threat to democracy.

In a statement issued to newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday, CNG’s spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, described the demolition as both existential threat to peace and a brutal encroachment on the right of citizens holding different views.

Suleiman said it would be callous for el-Rufai to continue to impune on individuals rights to ownership of property in the name of stemming political opposition and still think that he would not be challenged.

“The CNG pities the uncharacteristic gullibility displayed by the Kaduna state voter in opting for a man who is proud to be labeled as”Mai Rusau” which literally means “the destroyer,” Suleiman explained.

He added that the entire state was now paying the price of that gullibility hoping the electorate would be a bit more vigilant in the choice of leaders in the future.

CNG called on the civil society organizations and democracy defenders in the state to gang up against el-rufai’s penchant for inappropriate use of power.

“We strongly condemned the governor’s quick resort to the use of force and demolition of opponents’s properties at the slightest of political disagreement.

“We also call for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in calling the Governor to order and ensuring the prompt and adequate payment of compensation to the innocent non-partisan occupants of the demolished building,” the statement noted.

The CNG called on the people to remain peaceful and law abiding while civil and democratic options were pursued for the prevention of the reoccurrence of such open display of intolerance.

The Coalition chided the State House of Assembly for remaining silent in the face of such affront to all known democratic tenets by the executive.


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