A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, yesterday said Kaduna State, which used to be a reference point for peaceful coexistence, must be saved from further disintegration.
The former minister stated this in a statement ahead of his public declaration of his aspiration for the governorship of Kaduna, which will hold later in September.
In a statement Thursday in Kaduna, El-Rufai said: “Our state, Kaduna, is now fragmented across ethnic and religious lines. Without federal allocations, the state cannot survive. Our renowned educational institutions are decaying, while unemployment and youth restiveness are visible. Trust in government is low and the essentials needed to stimulate socio-economic development are most lacking. The Kaduna state that was once a point of reference in peaceful coexistence, progress and fairness in the Northern region in particular and Nigeria as a whole is now lagging behind most states created recently”.
Arguing that the state must be saved, Mr. El-Rufai said “The situation should not and must not be allowed to deteriorate further; otherwise the cohesive fabric of our community may be completely destroyed. Bearing these in mind and after deep reflection and wide consultations with stakeholders who cherish the importance of providing good leadership, I have resolved to contest for the office of the Governor of Kaduna State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2015 elections”.
The aspirant, who added that development of the state must be confronted, said, “We do not underestimate, by any means, the challenges ahead. We also appreciate the enormity of the tasks ahead and the potential land mines that the ruling party will inevitably place on our path. We therefore, most humbly, solicit your guidance, support and prayers as we begin the journey to rebuild Kaduna State and put our people on the road to peace and prosperity”.