Just days after Governor Nasiru el-Rufa’i was given a yellow card by the Kaduna Restoration Group, which indicted him of nepotism, incompetence, among other misdeeds, the Southern Kaduna Youth and Student’s Forum, (SKYSFOM), says it has opened a ‘Vote of No Confidence’ register on the Governor over his alleged punitive, vindictive and genocidal education policy in Southern Kaduna.
In a press statement by the National President of the forum, Comrade Galadima Jesse, the students said they found reasons of government not opening schools in Southern Kaduna as illogical, ridiculous and laughable.
The statement reads:
“On this note, we hereby declare the opening of a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE Register on Governor el-Rufa’i against his punitive, vindictive and genocidal education policy in Southern Kaduna. We hereby call on all our members within Nigeria and the Diaspora to massively append their signatures in passing the VOTE.
“We call on members to massively respond within this stipulated time. For our members in the rural areas who may not have access to internet services, we have opened various manual voting centres in designated locations in local government areas of Southern Kaduna as will be passed on to you by your SKYSFOM representatives, to avoid state-sponsored sabotage.
“When the collated vote reaches a threshold, we shall use the result to make our case before the Nigeria Human Rights bodies and especially International Rights Agencies.”
According to the group, “Voting shall take a week from today; We call on members to massively respond within this stipulated time.”
The statement reads further: “In response to the press conference which took place on Thursday 29th June, 2017 through the Commissioners of Education, and Health, alongside the spokesperson to the Kaduna state government, which government affirmed its desire not to reopen the schools based on the claim of working on security report, suggesting that Southern Kaduna is not safe for schools to re-open.
“Why has the Federal School of Statistics Manchock as well as the Degree, and Diploma programs affiliated to ABU Zaria run at the Kafanchan Campus of College of Education, Gidan Waya, running smoothly without any challenge?
“Which one poses more security risk between allowing primary and secondary schools in the area to be opened since January or the tertiary institution with mature personalities?
“How have workers in various government agencies working in the area and also market activities in the same area, been going on smoothly since January without any security challenge affecting them?”
“Gentlemen of the Press, I wish to inform you that ABU Zaria is running some Degree and Diploma Courses for College of Education, Gidan Waya at its Kafanchan Campus. These courses are relatively elitist and cater for mostly the working class. The Kafanchan campus is an integral part of the CEO, Gidan Waya.
“To show the double standard of the security claims to the closure of other tertiary schools in Southern Kaduna, the Kafanchan campus has never been closed. Not even in the heat of the violence. Academic activities have and are still going on.
“Prof. Andrew Nok, Kaduna State Commissioner of Education, who addressed the Press on this issue, insisted that the closure of our schools is over security concerns. This action of the government, in our opinion, is a blackmail to the people of Southern Kaduna as it is portraying to the world that Southern Kaduna is a war zone, contrary to the peace we are now enjoying.”
He called on the students from the affected institutions never to get frustrated by the travails meted on them but enjoined the students to display every sense of civility in achieving their victory.
Meanwhile, an APC stalwart and one time Kaduna State gubernatorial candidate under the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), who was also a former member Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Mohammed Sani Sha’aban (Danburan Zazzau) has described the present administrative style of Kaduna State governor as unacceptable.
Hon. Sha’aban made the statement in Zaria when he received special delegations of APC loyalists who paid him a Sallah visit at his residence, according to New Nigerian report.
‘Time has come, and enough is enough. As a politician, I have given enough time for the present government in Kaduna State but nothing to write home about. I am beginning to make comments, criticisms where necessary for government to adjust its style of leadership,” he said.