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Kaduna Pastor Prays For A Governor With The Heart Of Dankwambo

The Oasis Reporters

March 1, 2019

Kaduna pastor prays for a governor like Gombe State Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo in his home state.

Pained by the travails of his people, Southern Kaduna indigenous pastor, David Ayuba Azzaman has prayed for a new leadership in Kaduna state, perhaps a Muslim governor, since the Christians in Kaduna would have a much more difficult time, choosing one of their own as governor.

“I just pray if Ashiru Kudan of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP wins the gubernatorial election on March 9, 2019, he will have the heart of Dr. Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo of Gombe State. A detribalised Governor who sees both Christians and Muslims as his own. I was in Gombe and I saw it ; not like this wicked Pharaoh in Kaduna right now.

We shall celebrate victory of freedom over tyranny”.

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai adorns the Igbo attire to attract them.
With a buldozer before the crack of dawn, Sen. Hunkuyi (second row, center), no longer had a house of his own. His fingers point accusingly to Gov. El-rufai(bottom, left), a man he allegedly championed into state house.

Gombe State in the north east of Nigeria has similar demographics with Kaduna state. Gombe South, as we’ll as Kaduna South are peopled by diverse minority tribes who are mainly Christians, different from Gombe North and Central, just like Kaduna North and Central that are mainly Muslims, who are mainly more populous and often produce gubernatorial leadership.

Pastor David Ayuba Azzaman went on to narrate how “in 2011 when late Patrick Yakowa contested for the governorship of Kaduna state under the People’s Democracy Party, PDP. All southern Kaduna sons and daughters all over the world who registered to vote came back home to vote. At least if I don’t know anybody I knew a lady from Kagarko LGA who came all the way from England just to vote for Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa.

It is no surprise that all the bulk votes of Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone, about 900,000 votes went to late Patrick Yakowa who at the end of the election got far above 1.4m votes and he won. Don’t forget we have Southern Kaduna people in Lere in the Northern Senatorial Zone and Chikun, Kajuru and Birnin Gwari in the Central Senatorial Zone.

Recall that in 2011, Southern Kaduna was not facing any existential threat. Even though we are the great numbers are not on our side, yet we were able to mobilise ourselves, unite and give one person our bulk votes.

In 2015 many of us refused to vote because we felt nothing was at stake. We refused to rally round Polycarp Gankon the candidate of APGA and those of us that voted shared our votes between Ramalan Yero of the PDP and Nasir El Rufai of the APC and our votes became very insignificant compared to other election years like 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011 when our votes determined who became the governor of KADUNA state.

In 2019 we are being faced with a strange policy of Muslim – Muslim ticket introduced by the incumbent governor who doesn’t hide his hatred for Christianity He says it, he acts it and he implements it. The implications of his policies if achieved will mean that governors after Nasiru El Rufai could follow suit. A time will also come when they will outrightly tell us that we don’t have David Ayuba Azzaman in Kaduna State. At that time our children even though Christians have to adopt names like Muhammad, Jamilu or Abubakar just like what the Hausa Christians are going through in Katsina, Kano, Jigawa and Zamfara states etc. And I believe you know what that means.

Therefore if we don’t want our children and grand children’s generation to say their father’s and grand father’s generation are a useless generation we better wake up now. And it’s no other anytime else, but this 2019 election ; It is very crucial. If you have not made up your mind as a Christian in Kaduna State not only Southern Kaduna you better do. We have close to 600,000 non indigenous people of Kaduna State who are mainly Christians in Kaduna. This clarion call is also for you.

I will call on all Southern Kaduna sons and daughters and non indigenes of Kaduna State to take this 2019 elections much more seriously than 2011. Even if you live in Jupiter not only America come back home to vote for the sake of our children and even those yet to be born. Our action and inaction will affect us positively or negatively for a very long time if we don’t come all out and vote. Negative Government policies can have a very long lasting effect if not challenged. Please let’s all come out and challenge this by our votes.

I noticed Ashiru Kudan is popular amongst us. I will advise the stakeholders in Southern Kaduna and Christian leaders in Kaduna to sit with him and negotiate, then put it in pen and paper, if possible with legal backing. Interrogate him on some of the negative policies of El Rufai against Southern Kaduna and Christians such as the changing of nomenclature of our traditional institutions , the religious bill though yet to be implemented; the sacking of our traditional rulers and district heads etc, will he reverse them.
Will he compensate the victims of Fulani herdsmen killings ?
will he revisit the issue of sacked workers in the state?

These are some questions out of many demands we should put down for him. We should not just be after who becomes his Campaign Director this or that. This is the time we start negotiating not after the victory is achieved.

As I said before and I say it now again; I will never vote for anybody who instead of bringing development to me and my people will bring us deaths and destruction. “

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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