A Non-governmental organisation, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace and Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) has described the demolition of the Secretariat of the factional All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna State by the state government as divisive and a threat to democracy.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the National Coordinator of the organisation, Comrade Sulaimon Suberu, a copy which was sent to DAILY POST on Wednesday.
Suberu noted that the circumstances surrounding the demolition of the building, coupled with the political atmosphere in the state suggest a premeditated action with covert intention.
According to him, the Land Use Act operates by the Kaduna State government does not include demolition of buildings as penalty for default on payment of charges.
He wondered why the demolition was carried out at the time when the factional group slammed a 6-month suspension on the Governor, adding that no degree of ” political colouration” could convincingly justify the action.
The Peace Advocate, however, advised Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i to thread with caution and desist from “politics of vendetta” that is capable of plugging the state into serious political conflict of high magnitude.
“We were taken aback by the action of Kaduna State government for throwing necessary democratic norm and tradition into the wind and embarked on what appeared tactical victimisation of perceived political foes.
“May be the Governor is oblivious or not aware of some certain ingredients of democracy as a political ideology, which include, liberty and freedom of association within the purview of extant law.
“It is so strange to find out from the state’s Land Use Act that demolition has never being indicated in the whole of the document as penalty for any form of default in the state.
“It is expedient to note that the country can not afford to be enmeshed in any avoidable political crisis from that axis, having trying to curtail the menace of Boko Haram insurgency and clashes between herdsmen and farmers”, he said.