By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Yusuf Zailani has described as untrue, belief by some individuals that Governor Nasir el-Rufai is a religious bigot, arguing that he is a prudent administrator with the interest of all at heart.
He stated this when President General of Sabo GRA, Comrade Dr. Silas Adamu led executives of the community on a visit to the Speaker at the Kaduna Assembly’ on Monday November 30, 2020.
“People are saying el-Rufai is a fanatic but I can assure you it is not true. At Government’ house, his close associates are mostly Christians,” he said.
The Speaker said that the only reason some few individuals are against el-Rufai is his insistence on doing the right thing.
“Why people are fighting him is because he is not sharing money to people every month.
“Before his administration came on board, at the SSGs office, about N500m to N600m is shared to people every month. In a year, it runs into billions of Naira,” he said.
Speaking further, he said that only privileged persons that have the means we’re being sponsored to pilgrimages, the reason why the Governor put a stop to it.
“That’s why he decided the issue of Jerusalem and Mecca, no more sponsorship for pilgrimage. When he announced cancelation of pilgrimage to Jerusalem, they said because it is Christian, forgetting that he started with the Muslims, by canceling sponsorship to Hajj,” he explained.
Zailani said that the fruits of such people oriented decisions are there for people to see.
“The Kaduna you know 50 years ago and the Kaduna today, there is huge difference. There is massive infrastructural development all over the state,” he added.
On the request of the Sabo GRA community, he assured them that their area would be accorded priority.
The Speaker added, “Look at roads being built now, they are ashpalt that is why I said you are going to get roads in Tsaunin Kura. After roads if any other problem, come back,” he assured.
He therefore, urged residents of the state to ensure prompt payment of ground rents and other statutory obligations.
“We are going to do projects for those communities that are committed to payment of ground rents in 2021,” he stressed.