A group of elders in Kaduna State have advised the State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufa’I, to modify his administration’s style of governance.
The elders said that measures and policies Gov. El-Rufa’I took since he assumed office over a year ago were unpopular and not in the interest of people in the state.
The elders spoke under the aegis of the Kaduna Development Elders Initiative, KDEI.
The elders, arising from an executive meeting in Kaduna Thursday, said they resolved to continue advising the governor for the state to experience physical and human development.
The KDEI, in a communiqué signed by its publicity secretary and first civilian governor of Kaduna State, Alhassan Balarabe Musa, said el-Rufa’i’s promise of making Kaduna great again did not seem to reflect the reality.
According to them, Kaduna “is now sinking into a quagmire of neglect and inaction”.
“The people of Kaduna State deserve better than what is being given to them now and the sooner the governor realizes that the better. He should, therefore, change his gear now”, the communiqué said.
It further alleged that civil servants and pensioners have been in agony due to what it called “endless verifications exercise”, resulting in the withholding of salaries for many months.
The elders also expressed displeasure with the appointment of non-indigenes into key positions in the state, saying that might be in accordance with Gov. El-Rufa’i’s refusal to distinguish between indigenes and citizens.
“It could, therefore, be seen that Governor el-Rufa’i is walking a tight rope in Kaduna State, high above his people, totally indifferent about their aspiration, hopes for obtaining dividend of democracy they have toiled hard to install”.