The senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has appealed to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to reconsider the planned demolition of the Gbagyi Villa built on a piece of land belonging to Kaduna Polytechnic.
He made the appeal on Monday while interacting with the executive members of the Kaduna South Local Government chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
“Let me state my position clearly on the planned demolition of the Gbagyi Villa land belonging to Kaduna Polytechnic,” Mr. Sani said.
“It is insensitive to destroy homes of thousands of innocent people in an attempt to prove a point by the Kaduna State Government.
“There should be a triangular meeting made up of the management of Kaduna Polytechnic, the Gbagyi Villa community and the Federal Government meeting from which the state can serve as an observer.
“There is nothing dialogue cannot solve. The state government can use executive power to destroy and demolish buildings. It can get back the land but it cannot get back the peace.
“The academic community of the polytechnic must live in peace with the community of Gbagyi Villa for them to be able to live peacefully and perform their function without any fear.”
The senator pleaded with Mr El-Rufai to come out with an alternative to the plan to re-settle the people of Gbagyi Villa, adding that there was a need to learn to address problems using the best instrument of dialogue, civility and humility.
He stated, “My appeal to the state government is to reconsider the demolition that is likely going to send thousands of people into homelessness.
“We have never promised our people in any of our campaign promises we made that when we come over we are going to demolish their homes.”
Mr. Sani described cattle rustling and kidnapping as a major social and economic challenge in Nigeria.
He said it was an issue that bothered on economy, environment, peace, national security, national unity and collective wellbeing of Nigeria.
“I see Fulani cattle breeders as victims of decade of neglect and abandonment by past northern leaders who had presided over the affairs of government in the country,” he said.
“It is equally very unfortunate now when people are running to leaders, the leaders are running to mosque and churches seeking prayers and miracles.
“Those who made promises to the poor must sit back home and address them rather than seek spiritual solutions to political promises made.”
He blamed the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan for allegedly being a major contributor to the current bad situation in the country.
He however said the current administration should not continue to blame its predecessor “without laying a clear direction for the future.”
Mr. Sani said the problem of the Niger Delta region was hurting Nigeria today because it was not tackled early enough.
In the same vein, the senator said Nigerians should stop blaming the Fulanis because out of the billions of naira expended on agriculture, not a fraction of it was given to the Fulanis for their livestock.
Earlier, the Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Kaduna South chapter, Adamu Kabila, lamented the spate of cattle rustling and kidnapping of Fulanis.
“The situation has degenerated to an extent that security agents have neglected their several complains allowing kidnappers to operate freely with even money counting machine for their kidnap loots around Birnin Gwari forest,” he said.
He alleged that security agents terrorize Fulanis and seize the cattle which they parade as ones recovered from rustlers.
After the meeting, a three-member committee was constituted to look into the plight of the cattle breeders.
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