Killings: Political Power, More Important To Governing Elites Than Peoples’ Lives – Shehu Sani

The Senator representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani,

 

Senator Shehu Sani has said that the killings across Nigeria stem from situations in which the political class and governing elites place more emphasis on political power than the lives of the common people.

Sani in a series of tweets on Monday opined that pampering power rather than questioning it is always tragic.

He said, “Political power is more important to the Governing elites and the Political class than the lives of the common people. The consequences of petting and pampering power when it should be consciously questioned and charged is always tragic.”

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The lawmaker representing Kaduna central noted that “a nation has lost its soul and humanity when it only has to take a public outrage, rebuke, and objection for its Leaders to respond to the tragedy of its people”.

Speaking about the situation in Zamfara, Senator Sani said the suspension of mining activities in the state is a step in the right direction but will not be enough.

“Suspension of mining activities is a good step in ending illegal mining, but a nonstarter in ending Banditry. The nation is at war; the moral, historical & constitutional calling at times like this is for the leadership to frontally rise to the occasion in defence of this republic”

Saudi Arabia: We Must Protect The Innocent And Neutralise Frame Ups – Shehu Sani

 

Senator Shehu Sani has called for protection of innocent Nigerians and intensified efforts to neutralise frame ups in nations like Saudi Arabia where capital punishments exits for crimes like drugs smuggling.

Sani who in  tweet on Friday was reacting to the recent execution of a Nigerian in Saudi Arabia, noted that smuggling drugs to any country is condemnable.

The lawmaker said the act destroys the image of the nation and must not be condoned by anyone.

He however, noted that the nations owes it a duty to provide legal and diplomatic services to its citizens abroad as to protect the innocent and neutralize frame ups.

Meanwhile, Senator Sani has said that the insecurity challenge crippling the northeastern region is reinforced by silence and cowardice.

The Senator representing Kaduna Central made this assertion via social media.

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In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Sani said,  the cowardice of elites from the region who fail to speak up for the people is a major contributing factor to the insecurity challenges being faced.

“The collapse of security in the North is among other things reinforced by the silence or cowardice of those elites from the region who should speak truth to power now in their domain;the blatant refusal to hold Government to account because the President is from here, and the cancer and culture of blind loyalty founded on sectional, ethnic and religious sentiments in the face of tragedies,” Sani said.

He said the people must free themselves from following blindly and begin to hold the authorities to account.

“Our people must free themselves from the cancer and culture of blind loyalty founded on sectional, ethnic and religious sentiments and start holding Government to account to end their tragedies. Power respond or bows to an awakened people driven by the force of their conscience.”

Why Insecurity Persists In The Northeast – Shehu Sani

 

 

Senator Shehu Sani has said that the insecurity challenge crippling the northeastern region is reinforced by silence and cowardice.  

The Senator representing Kaduna Central made this assertion via social media.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Sani said,  the cowardice of elites from the region who fail to speak up for the people is a major contributing factor to the insecurity challenges being faced.

“The collapse of security in the North is among other things reinforced by the silence or cowardice of those elites from the region who should speak truth to power now in their domain;the blatant refusal to hold Government to account because the President is from here, and the cancer and culture of blind loyalty founded on sectional, ethnic and religious sentiments in the face of tragedies,” Sani said.

He said the people must free themselves from following blindly and begin to hold the authorities to account.

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“Our people must free themselves from the cancer and culture of blind loyalty founded on sectional, ethnic and religious sentiments and start holding Government to account to end their tragedies. Power respond or bows to an awakened people driven by the force of their conscience.”

Sections of the media had reported on Monday that some commuters were kidnapped along the Abuja- Kaduna road.

However, the Kaduna Police Command debunked the alleged kidnapping, saying it was fake news.

In reaction to the reports Kaduna and other states within the north, Sani said, “Our security challenges; Kidnappings and killings, can’t be addressed by the use of ad-hoc actions; operation snakes, operation monkey, crocodile or any reptilian sloganeering. We must adopt the use of Drones, ICT and other Satellite navigational equipment to combat these criminals.”

VAT Increment: Jagaban Has Spoken His Truth And They Are Quiet – Sani Shades FG

 

Senator Shehu Sani Sani on Friday took a mild jab at the Federal Government over the recent report of a move to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT).

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central seconded a call by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in which the APC chieftain urged the FG to halt every move to increase VAT in Nigeria.

Addressing a gathering at the Bola Tinubu Colloquium on Thursday in Abuja, the national leader of the APC advised the Nigerian Government against the move and warned that such a decision was capable of worsening the nation’s economic challenges.

“Consumers’ spending is slipping, and this is where I will stop and appeal to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice President, and his team to put a huge question mark on any increase of VAT, please,” the former governor pleaded.

He added, “If we reduce the purchasing power of the people, we can further slow down the economy.”

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Following Tinubu’s call, Senator Sani took to Twitter taking a swipe at the government saying, “Jagaban has spoken his truth and they are quiet, but if it’s another person they would have a counter or ask why are you embarrassing the President publicly ‘when you have private channels of advising him”.

Still speaking about truth, the lawmaker noted that truth must be told to power, arguing that it is only those who do these that get a place in the annals of history.

“History has no record of those who whisper the truth to power,but only of those who told the truth to power,” Sani said.

Meanwhile, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has asked the Federal Government to tread with caution in the drive for improved revenue.

The Director-General of MAN, Mr. Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said this in a statement on Wednesday while reacting to the plan by the government to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance had defended the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) that VAT be increased by 50 per cent during a presentation in the Senate.

Ajayi-Kadir, however, said such policy was not ‘manufacturing friendly’, adding that implementing it would have a negative effect as a result of the planned increase in minimum wage.

“As plausible as the recommendation to increase VAT may look, implementing it at this time would boomerang because the timing is inappropriate, especially at a time when the minimum wage of N30,000 was just agreed upon,” he stated.

The MAN DG added, “This could send a wrong signal that the government is not sensitive to the plight of the low- and middle-income earners, who are clearly in the majority. The Nigerian economy will be in a more vulnerable state if VAT is increased.

“No controversy, the burden of the tax would be shifted to the Nigerian consumers that are already struggling, the economy would certainly experience demand crunch, inventory of unsold items would soar, pthe rofitability of manufacturing concerns would be negatively impacted, many factories will witness serious downturn or wind down operations.”

Ajayi-Kadiri, therefore, advised the government to widen the tax net rather than increase the rate in order to meet the growing need for more revenue to address the development objective of the country.

He also appealed to the government not to increase the VAT at this time but consider the implementation of the afore-mentioned tax specific recommendations.

Fairness Is Key To Ending The Killings In Nigeria – Shehu Sani

 

Senator Shehu Sani has said that only fairness to people of all faiths and tribes can bring an end to the mindless killings in Nigeria. 

Shehu Sani made this assertion via twitter, in Reacting to a statement by Professor Yemi Osinbajo in which the Vice President stated that President Buhari has no theocratic agenda.

Sani said, “It’s reassuring to hear from the VP that the President has no theocratic agenda.But what is of urgent importance now is for the FG & respective states to end the mindless killings in the name of religion or ethnicity.And the first step is fairness to people of all faiths.”

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He is also weighed in on issues bordering on Nigerian polity and the electoral process, arguing that calling for unity after stealing other peoples’ mandate is a unfair.

“To perpetrate injustice,to undermine the basic principles of democracy and subvert free elections and call for unity,sportsmanship and statesmanship is to spray fragrances on heap of feaces.”

He went on to warn that ” for those whose trophy or plaque is caved out of the coffin of their victims, they will perpetually live in fear of their ghost”.

‘Not To Condemn The Violence In Kano Is To Condone Or Concur’ – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

Senator Shehu Sani has said that the silence of the authorities on the issue of violence which marred the supplementary polls in Kano, is an indication that those in power condone and concur to the menace. 

In a statement made via Twitter, the lawmaker said, “Not to condemn the Violence in Kano is to Condone or to Concur”.

In a similar vein, Shehu Sani has decried the use of thugs by politicians during elections, to protect and preserve their power.

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Sani who was defeated at the NASS elections which held on February 23, said thugs have become institutional agents of the ruling parties and governing structures.

In a series of Tweets made between 23-24th March, Sani lamented over the violence encountered in several areas where the supplementary polls have held.

He noted that these thugs are funded clandestinely by governors from the public treasury, adding that the thugs are endorsed and positioned to cause mayhem in a bid to protect the interest of these governors.

“Armed thugs have become institutional agents of ruling parties & Governing structures; They are crude components of power, funded clandestinely by Governors from the public treasury. They are endorsed & positioned to protect & preserve power by murder, mayhem & atrocious violence.”

Sani further argued that the mild and modest references of local and international observers with regards to the use of thugs in previous elections made it possible for the practice to repeat itself.

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File Photo: Shehu Sani

 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has decried the use of thugs by politicians during elections, to protect and preserve their power.

Shehu Sani who was defeated at the NASS elections which held on February 23, said thugs have become institutional agents of the ruling parties and governing structures.

In a series of Tweets made between 23-24th March, Sani lamented over the violence encountered in several areas where the supplementary polls have held.

He noted that these thugs are funded clandestinely by governors from the public treasury, adding that the thugs are endorsed and positioned to cause mayhem in a bid to protect the interest of these governors.

“Armed thugs have become institutional agents of ruling parties & Governing structures; They are crude components of power, funded clandestinely by Governors from the public treasury. They are endorsed & positioned to protect & preserve power by murder, mayhem & atrocious violence.”

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Sani further argued that the mild and modest references of local and international observers with regards to the use of thugs in previous elections made it possible for the practice to repeat itself.

He said, “Local and International Observers ‘mild and modest’ reference and reactions to the use of Thugs by those in power in the previous elections, made it possible for the practice to repeat itself and this time more audacious”.

Still speaking about the elections, Sani lamented over the manner in which politicians do outrageous things just to win polls.

“They buy those they can buy, maul those they can maul, bury those they can bury, on their way to lift their trophy tainted with the blood of their victims,” Sani said.

He added that “Every time the Government turns a blind eye to those leaders holding positions of power or influence, whom by their actions or words promote or incite bloodletting, to protect or preserve their spaces in the stage of power, it has given its consent to violence against its people.

“The People are beginning to learn the mystery and tragedy of their Kingdom; Whenever the King travels, Knives grows in their gardens and whenever he’s back, it’s Roses”.

Shehu Sani also spoke about the role of social media in bringing the mayhems wrought by political thugs and their paymasters to the fore and the attacks on social media by those who do not mean the country well.

He said, “When they were ‘going to power’, Social Media was their Horse; When they arrived at power, Social Media became their Frankenstein monster.”

Sani surmised that “When you divide a people to get to the throne, you will sit on a two-legged royal throne” adding that “A truth buried is unearthed by the shovel of Justice or by the digger of time”.

Rerun Polls Are Resit Exams For The Ruling Party – Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

Senator Shehu Sani says that the scheduled rerun elections in some states across the nation are geared towards favouring the ruling party.

According to Senator Sani, the “Rerun polls are a resit exam for the ruling party”

He stated this via Twitter on Wednesday, March 13.

Senator Sani followed that with another Twitter posting on Thursday, March 14 in which he accused both the present and previous governments of not wanting any serious electoral reforms because they benefit from the failings of the polls which have been held so far.

He, however, noted that only the former President Goodluck Jonathan was able to approve an advancement in the nation’s electoral process, stressing that it was the same approval he gave that saw to the termination of his reign.

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Senator Sani who lost his re-election bid to represent Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly said recently that he was robbed and deprived of his mandate.

Sani, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, attributed his defeat to alleged electoral malpractices in the polls.

“I don’t think I lost that election because you oddly lose an election when it is free, fair, and credible,” said the candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) during his appearance on the programme on Monday.

He added, “When it is a robbery, it is either you are robbed, or you robbed, and in that case; I was robbed.”

‘I Was Robbed’, Shehu Sani Reacts To Election Loss

 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, has reacted to his loss in the National Assembly election.

Senator Sani, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, attributed his defeat to alleged electoral malpractices in the poll.

“I don’t think I lost that election because you oddly lose an election when it is free, fair, and credible,” said the candidate of the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) during his appearance on the programme on Monday.

He added, “When it is a robbery, it is either you are robbed, or you robbed, and in that case; I was robbed.”

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The lawmaker condemned the outcome of the election one week after he lost the bid to retain the Kaduna Central seat in the Senate.

He came third in the exercise behind the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Uba Sani, who was declared the winner, and that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Lawal Adamu.

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

But Senator Sani rejected the result and alleged that the exercise was marred with various forms of malpractices.

He said there were cases where there were ballot papers for the Presidential and House of Representatives election, but no ballot papers for the Senate.

“There was virtually no credible National Assembly election in Kaduna,” the senator insisted. “They stuffed ballots, they thumb printed, there was over voting, and the card readers in many places never worked.”

He added, “The story of Kaduna National Assembly election was not different from what happened in other places where it was confirmed by the observers, and even other opposition parties that the elections in Kaduna, as far as the National Assembly election, was simply false.”

The lawmaker accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of conniving with the state government and the ruling party in Kaduna.

He, however, said there were video clips and other evidence which his party would present to the Election Petition Tribunal in their resolve to reclaim their mandate.

Phones, Social Media Will Be Potent Tools For Votes Protection, Says Shehu Sani

 

Senator Shehu Sani has that mobile phones and social media will serve as tools to checkmate electoral malpractice and expose acts of intimidation and violence against voters. 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the Senate made the assertion on Wednesday, via his official twitter handle.

“In this elections, the phone and the Social media will be the citizens’ major potent tools to be used to monitor the elections, protect their votes and expose acts of intimidation, inducements or violence against voters”.

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In a similar vein, Senator Shehu Sani has raised concerns that President Muhammadu Buhari’s statements on what will befall ‘snatchers of ballot boxes’ can encourage lawless persons to engage in jungle justice.

President Buhari had on Monday stated that those plotting to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections will be severely punished, with death not written out of the clause.

The President had declared while addressing a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus in Abuja, that he has ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections next Saturday.

“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life,” Buhari stressed.

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In reaction to the President’s comments, Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central said those who snatch ballot boxes should rather be arrested and prosecuted to avoid jungle justice.

In a post on his Twitter page, the lawmaker said: “Those who attempt to snatch or snatched Ballot Boxes should be arrested and brought to book; this is a better expression to avoid jungle justice or Licence for the disorder by thugs who may take the law into their hands.”

Shehu Sani Raises Concerns Over Buhari’s Comments On Ballot Snatching

 

 

Senator Shehu Sani has raised concerns that President Muhammadu Buhari’s statements on what will befall ‘snatchers of ballot boxes’ can encourage lawless persons to engage in jungle justice.

President Buhari had on Monday stated that those plotting to snatch ballot boxes during the general elections will be severely punished, with death not written out of the clause.

The President had declared while addressing a meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus in Abuja, that he has ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections next Saturday.

“I am going to warn anybody who thinks he has enough influence in his locality to lead a body of thugs or to disturb the voting system, he will do it at the expense of his own life,” Buhari stressed.

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In reaction to the President’s comments, Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central said those who snatch ballot boxes should rather be arrested and prosecuted to avoid jungle justice.

In a post on his twitter page, the lawmaker said: “Those who attempt to snatch or snatched Ballot Boxes should be arrested and brought to book; this is a better expression to avoid jungle justice or Licence for disorder by thugs who may take the law into their hands.”

Shehu Sani Condemns Banditry In Kaduna, Three Other States

Shehu Sani Decries Bandits' Activities In Kaduna, Three Other States
Senator Shehu Sani (file)

 

Senator Shehu Sani has raised an alarm on the alleged activities of armed bandits in some parts of Kaduna and three other states.

The other states highlighted by the senator who represents Kaduna Central district at the National Assembly are Zamfara, Katsina, and Niger.

He took to his Facebook page on Sunday to condemn the activities of the criminals who he said were deciding when to carry out attack on innocent citizens.

“In parts of Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina and Niger states, armed bandits decide on who and when to kill or kidnap,” Senator Sani alleged.

He added, “People helplessly sell their farm produce, farms and even village homes to pay ransom. They live at the mercy of their killers that have grown and thrive beyond the reach of the state.”

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According to the lawmaker, members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) went on a temporary strike recently to protest the killing of their colleagues along Kaduna-Birnin Gwari Road in the northern part of the country.

He condemned the situation where “mourning funeral services have become a daily routine” and kidnappings have continued to take place in the society.

“In all of these killing fields where the government has failed to provide adequate security, there are more than enough campaign billboards and posters,” Senator Sani noted.

Ahead of the coming general elections, the lawmaker stressed that there were moments in history that victims of attack would be opportune to decide their fate.

Read Senator Sani’s Facebook post below;