- Tells Buhari to reject Kaduna government’s invitation to the music festival
Senator Representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani, has described the Music festival being sponsored by the Kaduna State government as shameful, disgraceful, irresponsible and utterly insensitive as he also asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the invitation to attend a music festival.
Shehu Sani in statement issued on Thursday : “The event is an indecent and immoral proposition and an affront to the people of Kaduna, the North and the whole of Nigeria struggling to survive economic hardships and pervasive insecurity.
“It’s shameful, disgraceful, irresponsible and utterly insensitive that at this sorrowful and mournful season of bloodshed and economic difficulties, the Kaduna State Government and so called ‘Banks and the Private Sector’ have jointly decided to feast, make merry and dance on the graves of victims of Boko Haram armed insurgency in the North.
“It’s callous and amounts to insouciance that at a time when thousands of civil servants and pensioners across the nation remain unpaid, multi million Naira is about to be wasted in a musical event.
“With over 25,000 innocent persons killed by insurgents, more thousands abducted and unaccounted for, over 2 million people displaced from their hamlets, homes, villages and towns in the North, and with soldiers on the frontline fighting and dying to restore peace and order in the North, the musical event is nothing other than playing the Fiddle while Rome is on fire.
“The musical jamboree is nothing but a complete waste of public and even private resources that could have better be channeled to address other social and economic needs and emergencies of the Nation. It’s ironic that the very proposed venue of the event where millions of tax payer’s money will be wasted, the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, remains an uncompleted arena for the past 50 years.
“The musical event to be hosted by the Kaduna State Government is nothing but an obscene carousal, a frivolous fiesta of the devil, a carnival on the corpses of the innocent, revelry in a land soaked with blood, a Hooley in a house of grief. Kaduna musical festival is a spit on the face of abandoned orphans, neglected widows and widowers ‘generated’ by the violence in the North.
“Nigerians will not believe or accept excuses of economic challenges when their elected Government have reserved money to frolic with. Its heartless, soulless and inhuman for any Government to support or sponsor a wild party in times of distress, of deprivation, of want, of travails, of drudgery, of tribulations, of destitution, of need, of austerity, of asperity.
“Attending Kaduna Musical festival amounts to canonization of Emperor Nero. I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to reject the invitation to attend the charade called Kaduna Music festival.
“For every drum to beaten, for every song to be sang, for every dance moves at the upcoming Kaduna Music festival amounts a mockery to the victims of the bloody insurgency in Northern Nigeria.
“It’s a contradiction and morally reprehensible that the same Kaduna State Government that declared that it will no longer finance pilgrimage to Saudi and Jerusalem and that it refuses to sponsor Ramadan Feeding for the poor and Tafsir but now have enough money to sponsor and host a musical jamboree.”