Governor Nasir el-Rufai has allegedly ordered for the arrest of eight retired workers in Kaduna state for conducting a prayer against him.
The workers said they have not been paid their entitlements since they were disengaged by the government.
Emmanuel Dogo, leader of Kaduna state Retired Workers Forum, said the prayer “Alqunuci”, (an Islamic prayer, which is said to be powerful, is invoked by those seeking justice) was done because they became frustrated.
“All efforts to make the government pay our entitlements had proved abortive, so what we do is to pray for God’s intervention,” he said.
“It is because of this prayers that the governor ordered for the arrest of eight of our members in Zaria. Yesterday (Thursday), they were asked to report to Kaduna state police command.
“They were later taken to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and were detained. We have been to the state CID, trying to find out what their offence but they told us that they will charge to court.”
Alice Ayuba, chairperson of Kaduna State Disengaged Women Teachers Forum, according to theCable, said both Muslims and Christians who were sacked and not paid, constituted prayer groups.
“Retired workers used to hold prayer programmes and according to what I heard, in Zaria, where our Muslim brothers were praying, the governor ordered for their arrest because they saying the Muslim prayers called ‘Alqunuci’.”
“I am not a Muslim, but I am told that very powerful prayers that are usually offered there. Like me that I am talking to you, I served the government for 16 years. I was sacked without being given anything. I am the chairperson of Disengaged Women Teachers Forum, Kaduna state, while those who were arrested belong to the Kaduna state Retired Workers forum.
“But we work hand because we are pursuing the same goal. Since there is nobody to fight for us, we resorted to tell God our complaints, because we believe that only God can fight this injustice for us since the governor is very powerful and nobody can face him. So we have handed everything to God, that is what led to this kind of prayers.”