Chairman of the Senate Committee on local and foreign debt, Senator Shehu Sani (APC, Kaduna Central) has said that Journalists in Kaduna are under siege occasioned by the state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
Reacting to a report on allegation of corruption and nepotism in Kaduna under El-rufai by an online medium, he said journalists in Kaduna cannot report, he said El-Rufai jails journalists like Pinochet or Stalin.
“Journalists in Kaduna state are under siege; blackmailed,arrested,pocketted or threatened with arrest and as such could not have written such a story.
“El-Rufai jails journalists like Pinochet or Stalin.He is a man with a mouth for criticism but without a stomach for criticism.In his two years in office he has jailed not less than 7 Journalists in kaduna of which many are in court.
“Kaduna state is run like a personal family and friends estate without any meaningful physical achievement other than sponsored media propaganda,” he said in a statement signed by his Adviser on Politics and Ideology, Suleiman Ahmed.
He said El-Rufai has no money to pay traditional rulers he recently sacked but has money to dispense as contracts to family, friends and political cronies.
“El-Rufai has enough money to pay Herdsmen but no money to pay district heads. Kaduna is today littered with abandoned drainages to the point that the rainy season has turned kaduna into a ‘coastal state with creeks’.He is auctioning over two thousand Government houses he inherited but he is yet to build a hut.
“The Kaduna state Governor who in his memo accused President Muhammadu Buhari of running a failed Government,has failed also woefully.He thinks PMB failed but he never invited PMB to even Commision a completed Toilet in his state.Under Elrufai kaduna has become a hub of Kidnappers and a sanctuary for Herdsmen.
“The very Governor who once condemned the National Assembly for lack of transparency has proven to be worse.El-Rufai wants to be seen as an apostle of Buhari’s change but he is actually the Judas of change,” he said.