Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Senator Shehu Sani yesterday slammed Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, describing the statement credited to him that those aggrieved over his appointments should climb the Kufena mountain, jump and fall, as irresponsible.
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 could go and climb the Kufena mountain, jump and fall.
Speaking when he received a youth group from Southern Kaduna zone of the state led by their chairman, Friday Jangado who paid him a courtesy visit in his Kaduna office at the weekend, Senator Shehu Sani said calling on electorate who voted them into power to climb such a hill, fall and die is reckless.
He however advised the opposition forces in the state to turn to the Kufena hills to demand for good governance, accountability and government without arrogance.
According to him, “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 advice to all the opposition forces in Kaduna State, is that we should turn Kufena hills into our meeting place to demand for good governance, accountability and government without arrogance.
“The positive aspect of the governor’s proclamation on the kufena mountain is that he has put it on a national discourse and it has become a tourist attraction for people who want to see where opposition supposed to go climb, fall and die,” he said.
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 must continue to challenge the government of the state to demand equal opportunity and equal representation and you must neither 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 emphasised that in the past, the elites from Southern Kaduna mortgaged their 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 future is realisable within the All Progressives Congress, APC, at the national level but I am not sure if the state has any plan for Southern Kaduna.
“New generation of Southern Kaduna must take the mantle of leadership and be 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.
Chairman of the youth group, 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 now and in the future.
The youth group under the auspices of Southern Kaduna Youth mobilization for peace, said they have watched over time with keen interest the activities of the activist Senator and were 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.