Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Groups Slam El-Rufai Over Lopsided Appointment

An association of 13 groups from Southern Kaduna on Tuesday, October 13, accused Governor Nasir El Rufai of injustice in political appointments, abdication of responsibility to secure the area and violation of extant laws.

According to Vanguard, the coordinator Coalition of Southern Kaduna Groups, Barrister James Kanyip, a former chairman of Kaura Local Government Area, addressing a press conference in Kaduna yesterday also accused Governor El Rufai of policy somersault.

According to the group, the Kaduna state governor who had stopped the banditry and cattle rustling in Birnin Gwari and environs, has done nothing to end the killings in Southern Kaduna.

Kanyip said: “Governor El Rufai has repeatedly asserted that Kaduna State does not have any indigene. He has even said that the indigene” clause will be expunged from Kaduna State documents to make it possible for anyone who resides in Kaduna to gain equal access to everything that a native of Kaduna state may be entitled to.

He has not only made this pronouncement, but has backed it up with the appointment of non-indigenes into prominent and key political positions. For instance, we have today an alleged wanted man has been brought into his government as a Special Adviser and is even regarded as the de facto Governor; Hadiza Bala Usman as Chief of Staff; Muyiwa Adekeye as Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Peter Ayim as Special Assistant on Entrepreneur; Hafiz Bayero as Special Assistant on Job Creation; Hajiya Rabi Abdulsalam as Commisioner for Women Affairs; Hajiya Hadiza Yahuza as Interim Chairman of Chikun Local Government Council, among others.”

The group further said: “This is a very strange and curious behaviour since Sections 25, 26 and 27 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria has clearly stated the citizenship status of every bona fide Nigeria; and it states that a Nigerian citizen must be an indigene of a community in Nigeria. Those who are not of Kaduna State origin, though resident in the State, are citizens but not indigenes of Kaduna State because they cannot claim dual indigeneship. This is without prejudice to their fundamental and other rights as humans and citizens of Nigeria.”

The Kaduna state governor two days ago served a suspension notice on the interim chairman of Kaduna North local government area, Alhaji Garba Kurfi, with immediate effect on an account of unauthorised demolition of structures in the local government.