The Oasis Reporters
January 2, 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari will be in Kaduna on Thursday 4th January 2018 to commission a Dry Port and a few railway coaches. Aside the niceties of tape-cutting at designated sites and a few remarks, President Buhari’s itinerary is quiet on his other activities while in Kaduna.
A similar scenario unfolded on 12th September 2017 when he visited the state for the commissioning of the OLAM Feed Milling Plant along Kaduna-Abuja Road. The President left after fulfilling the righteousness of tape-cutting. We guess his Thursday 4th January 2018 visit will ply the same lane.
President Buhari’s conscious refusal to include a visit to Southern Kaduna to commiserate with the immediate family, Chiefdom, and the good people of Southern Kaduna over the brutal and gruesome murder of a First Class paramount ruler of Numana Chiefdom in Sanga Local Government and his wife by the “unknown, yet known” gunmen is a gargantuan contradiction to the recently released commentary on his human side..
No persona with a modicum of humanity, let alone a democratically elected leader will exhibit this hyperactive insensitivity on a community that has suffered protracted acts of terror that is beginning to show some features of a genocide.
This is not the first time President Buhari is showcasing a lackadaisical and I-don’t-care attitude to the barbaric annihilations of the people of Southern Kaduna. When terminations and arson in Southern Kaduna became a national embarrassment, President Buhari via his Special Adviser, Media on 27th December 2016 simply said Governor Nasir El-rufai has assured them that he is in full control of the situation. And he has been briefing the president regularly.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry knows that Governor El-rufai is not in control of the situation. Foreign terrorists he compensated were the ones in full control.
The Governor of Kaduna State is an overrated person that can’t walk five percent of his elephant-sized talks. His landmark deficiency in administrative and physical security management is an open secret.
While leaving Southern Kaduna at the mercy of a certified panjandrum and self acclaimed genius called El-rufai, President Buhari treated Zamfara State differently. He physically visited Zamfara in full military regalia. Since then, the degree of insecurity has greatly scaled-down. Zamfara people are enjoying relative peace right now.
It is only in President Buhari’s world that the goose and the gander do not share the same pot of sauce.
When Governor El-rufai unabashedly confirmed to the whole world on the 3rd and 21st December 2016 that he has identified the killers of Southern Kaduna people in Niger, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Senegal and Niger Republics and offered them compensations, we wrote an official letter of protest on the ground that; our constitution does not permit State governments to embark on foreign policy initiatives because Foreign Policy is under the Exclusive list in Nigeria’s 1999 constitution (as amended) and demanded for a full blown investigation into this crystal clear act of felony by Governor El-rufai.
For reasons bordering on hatred for the people of Southern Kaduna, party fraternity and mechanical solidarity, President Buhari refused to act.
In President Buhari’s inaugural speech of 29th May 2015, he assured compatriots that he will be a leader for all and for nobody. Not much effort is needed to establish an incontrovertible and impeccable fact that; Mr.President is not faithful to his pledge and he has brazenly betrayed his oath of office.
We are beginning to suspect that President Buhari has lost the courage to look Governor El-rufai in the eyes and tell him some home truths. If it were another governor that his state has become a hub of kidnappers, a human abattoir, and other high criminal activities, President Buhari would have long before now reacted.
President Buhari seems fearful of attracting the Governor’s 2010 damning comments on his person or another 30-page assessment letter of his 36 month old administration.
Still, if President Buhari is not avoiding a head-on collision with the destructive element that crested on the Wind Of Change his candidacy triggered in 2015 to Lugard House, he would have pulled the brakes after receiving protest letters from AKIDA faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC and the RESTORATION Group.
Lodging of official protests by Kaduna State’s political juggernauts shows that the soul of his party APC, is on a cliff.
But because the fear of El-rufai is the beginning of wisdom, President Buhari has refused to act as prayed by these groups in their well circulated letters.
Again, if President Buhari is not avoiding “a rumble in the jungle” – like skirmish with Governor El-rufai, he would have kept off Kaduna because for the past 36 months, no single people’s oriented project has been commissioned. President Buhari has gone to many states and commissioned projects but hasn’t commissioned a single one initiated and completed by Governor El-rufai despite the much hype by his spin doctors and unproductive local and international pay-as-you-go conferences.
We condemn in the strongest terms President Buhari’s insensitivity to the killings in Southern Kaduna through his refusal to talk against it or visit the area while on an official engagement in the state and the loss of courage to drum some home truths into the ears of his apocalyptic political clone and godson, Governor El-rufai. History will remember President Buhari for these inhumane dispositions.
Written by Dr. John Danfulani
Centrum Initiative For Development And Fundamental Rights Advocacy (CEDRA)