Yusuf Idris, Kaduna
The Senator that represented Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone at the 8th Senate, Comrade Shehu Sani has said that the North is tolerating bad governance, because President Muhammadu Buhari is in power and is from the region.
Speaking as a guest speaker at a conference held to Prepare Emerging Leaders in Kaduna on Monday, the Senator said the North has failed to hold President Buhari accountable, despite the unabated killings and destruction of properties in the region.
Senator Shehu Sani who expressed worry over the high rate of poverty and educational backwardness in the north, asked President Buhari to take urgent measures that would tackle the issues as the region is under time bomb.
He tasked the President to come out with sound policies to address high-level poverty and educational challenges in the region and the country at large.
According to him “The North is tolerant of bad governance because Buhari is in government and he is from the north.
When power move to the South , the North is good in holding leaders to account and when it moves to the North, we keep silent. We are shy , we are cautious, we are afraid of telling our own that the road in the North is bad. We are more courageous to tell truth to power when the President doesn’t come from our region.
“Questioning President (Buhari) is more sympathetic when people are killed in the Southwest than in the North and this is because, the(South)are holding him to account. Here in the North, you don’t because they are shy. They believe he is infallible and that he cannot be questioned.
“If 50 people were killed in Katsina and the Representative of the state is not ready to stand up in the Senate to talk about his people being killed, then it will go on and nobody will know. But if Fasoranti’s daughter is killed and the Representative from Fasoranti stood up and say I, Senator blah blah stand up to outrightly condemn the murder, the nation and the world will know.
“But if your people are dying here and the people you elected are afraid of being embarrassed and they don’t want to be categorized as been disloyal and be seen in the bad book, they will kill as many as possible and the perception of people outside is that all is well. So the North must not be docile because one of its own is in office, Comrade Sani emphasized.
He added “Northern leaders have failed to use the opportunity of office to upgrade the North and the country, to industrialize the region and to build a foundation for the generation of people like you. How do you solve the problem of poverty when the three most industrialized states in the North; Kaduna, Plateau and Kano have eighty per cent of their industries closed down?
He continued, “For this country to survive, President Buhari must listen to the voices of reason. You may not like the face of Wole Soyinka, Balarabe Musa, and Obasanjo but read through the contents of what they have written and see where adjustment can be made.
“He(Buhari) must be interested in his legacy and he has only four years. In any government, after two years, there will be heat and once the heat starts , you will not be able to concentrate and do your work.”
While urging youths across the country to always tell truth to power, the fire-brand Senator urged them to revolt against divisive elements trying to sow discord by using religion or ethnicity, “You must revolt against leaders and elders who are fanning the embers of discord and against people who will generalize one ethnic group to the other and say they are criminals