Saturday, April 20, 2024

Growing animosity between el-Rufai, Sani led to Kaduna debt outburst – Lukman


A former Nationwide Vice Chairman, North West of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Salihu Lukman, has mentioned the latest outburst of the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, that the massive debt left behind by his predecessor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, makes it troublesome for the state to pay employees’ salaries was due to the rising animosity between the duo.

Lukman mentioned with none excuse, APC members in Kaduna should take duty for the dangerous state of affairs going through the State by interesting to Sani to take each essential step to undertake stock of the debt of the state and the way it was utilised.

He added that half of what’s wanted now’s to evaluate whether or not there are instances of diversion, which if established ought to be recovered.

DAILY POST reviews that Sani at a City Corridor assembly in Kaduna, on Saturday, March 30, 2024, Sani raised the alarm that he inherited an enormous debt of $587 million, N85 billion, and 115 contractual liabilities from the El-Rufai administration.

He added that due to this enormous burden, out of N10 billion due the State from federal allocation, N7 billion was deducted, which leaves solely N3 billion, saying it made it troublesome to honour its month-to-month wage obligation of N5.2 billion to its employees.

Nevertheless, Lukman, in an announcement issued Sunday titled “Kaduna State Political Theatrics”, identified that the outburst steered a robust disagreement and breakdown of relationship between Sani and el-Rufai.

He mentioned there was a must warning younger individuals leaping into the controversy in a really disrespectful method.

Whereas acknowledging the difficult actuality, Lukman careworn that it was vital that the problem was not lowered to the politics of blame sport and loud noise making with reward singers on each side defending their benefactors.

The get together chieftain was of the opinion that the problem of the massive debt burden of Kaduna State was a public secret, including that it was a matter that was very recognized to Sani.

He careworn that though there may very well be new perception that he should have encountered after taking on as governor, saying he believed that he got here effectively ready and able to cope with the challenges and transfer Kaduna State ahead from the place el-Rufai left it.

Lukman famous that a part of the target of the City Corridor assembly may as effectively be to mobilise the individuals of the state to assist the initiatives of Kaduna State authorities.

He mentioned: “Sadly, as it’s, the report appears to be sensetionalised, suggesting the truth of sturdy disagreement and breakdown of relationship between Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Mallam Uba Sani, which may as effectively be the case.

“I make this level cautiously having virtually misplaced contact with each Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Mallam Uba Sani since my resignation as Nationwide Vice Chairman (North-West) in July 2023. I used to be solely privilege to fulfill Mallam Uba as soon as and there after couldn’t converse with him in any type. I solely encountered Mallam Nasir as soon as through the birthday reception of Chief Bisi Akande on the Presidential Villa and we solely greeted and moved on.

“This however, I can’t declare ignorance about a number of the dynamics taking part in out in Kaduna State. I’m conscious of the rising animosity between Mallam Nasir and Mallam Uba, or no less than I hear a few of it from sources near each of them.

“Nevertheless, given the truth that I’m not near each Mallam Nasir and Mallam Uba, I opted to maintain my distance and never meddle right into a dispute between two very shut mates. My expectation was that they may resolve the matter. Sadly, this doesn’t seem like the case. I feel individuals near Mallam Nasir and Mallam Uba are additionally not serving to issues.”

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