Southern Kaduna Story: el-Rufai Accepts To Free Audu Maikori – Ezekwesili

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By; ABDULL-AZEEZ AHMED KADIR.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad el-rufai has accepted to ensure the release of Chocolate City Chief Executive Officer Audu Maikori being held by the Police over the tweeting of alleged killing of students of College of Education, Gidan Waya, in Southern Kaduna.
Former Minister of  Education, Dr Obiageli Exekwesili disclosed this in a series of tweets through her twitter handle @obyzeks in a chart she said she had with the governor.
According to her “I urged the @GovKaduna to get @Audu out & he replied that his policy of Consequences was important for stemming killings in #SouthernKaduna.
“The @GovKaduna stated that the actions for which @Audu apologized inflamed the #SouthKaduna conflict more & so the law taking its course.
“I asked the @GovKaduna to consider @Audu ‘s apology and his unfortunate arrest as a TEACHABLE MOMENT for both the Government & everyone.
“I told @GovKaduna that it was best to FREE @Audu & use this as the Govt’s POLICY MOMENT to get its MESSAGE of CONSEQUENCES thru to Public.
“I pressed on the NECESSITY for @GovKaduna to act to FREE @Audu and allow all sides to LEARN the RIGHT LESSON from this painful episode.
“At the end of our discussion, @GovKaduna agreed to ACT and FREE @Audu quickly and end this unfortunate development. WILL WATCH OUT FOR IT.”

Dr Ezekwesili said “People already know how stridently I insist on EVIDENCE-BASED ADVOCACY. WE all must take a LESSON from this. .
She however cautioned that “There’s no basis for a Govt clamp down on Citizens’ FACT-BASED advocacy on ANY ISSUE. So admitted he was WRONG. Accept it “.
It would be recalled Maikori tweeted the alleged killing of the COE students following a report by a medium which also saw the journalist; Luka Biniyet charged to court by the state government. Maikori however apologized after discovering the story was false asserting his chauffeur misled him.
Tweeting through his handle @audu, Maikori wrote “I tweeted facts that I believed to be true but were not. I unreservedly apologize to the general public”.
 

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