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2019: Governors, Others Want Buhari To Contest For Selfish Reasons – Shehu Sani

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By Ismail Omipidan

Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna central senatorial district on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said political elites who are already mounting pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a second term are doing so for selfish political gains.

Without Buhari running in 2019, he noted, the political elites, most of whom are serving APC governors, who, like Buhari, are also serving their first terms, would lose political relevance which may signal their political demise.

Following the revelation by the Women Affairs Minister, Hajia Aisha Alhassan, that she won’t be supporting Buhari for the presidential race in 2019, should he decide to run, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who was the first governor to visit the Presidential Villa after the outburst, told Nigerians that they would do everything within their means to ensure Buhari runs again. He told journalists at the villa that, “we have a group. We have Buharists amongst governors and ministers. Our group wants to ensure that President Buhari runs in 2019. Our political ideology is to support whatever President Buhari wants to support. If he chooses not to run, he will tell us which direction to go.

“We are Buharists, we don’t have any personal ambition, we don’t have any personal aspiration and we are waiting for him to decide. And we are making every political effort and creating every structure to achieve this.”

But in an apparent reference to that position, Sani, in his usual characteristic manner, took to his Facebook page yesterday, to lampoon those putting pressure on Buhari to run. He said the decision to run or not, lies solely with Buhari, stressing that the president has been in politics long enough to take that decision.

Sani said the ordinary Nigerians, who want Buhari to run again in 2019, are doing so out of genuine love and desire for the president to lead them to the promised land. He said although the country still needs the president’s service, it is, however, up to the president to decide, if he is “willing and fit” to continue beyond 2019. 

“Whether Baba (Buhari) will seek reelection or not remains his individual decision to make.

He is old enough and has been in politics and government longer than anyone in his party or cabinet as to know what to do and the right time to do it.

“He is in the best position to decide what he wants. The nation still needs his services, but it’s still up to him to decide if he is willing and fit to provide more or not. The political elite, in their habit, is pressure cookers and they see Baba (Buhari) as a meal and a mill.

“Baba (Buhari) is a good driver who has driven for a long distance and so much cherished by his passengers; whether he is willing to cover more distance is best decided by him. Every leader chooses his seat and space in the ship of his and his country’s history. The reasons the masses want Baba (Buhari) to continue is not the same as the reason the elites want him to seek reelection. The former see him as a good force who should continue to lead them to the land of their dreams or the promised land; the latter see him as the lifebuoy for their political survival and relevance,” Sani declared.           (The Sun)

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Fumigate Hyenas, Jackals In Your Cabinet Now, Sani Tells Buhari |The Republican News

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Senator Shehu Sani

•Says police, military has no business monitoring social media

From Sola Ojo, Kaduna

SENATOR representing Kaduna Central in the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, fumigate proverbial hyenas, jackals and wolves in his cabinet.

The lawmaker, who stated this in an interview with newsmen, shortly after his visit to the home of the destitute in Kaduna, yesterday morning, said the president’s determination to disinfect his cabinet now is the surest way of achieving his vision, mission and programmes for Nigeria.

According to activist turn politician, any cabinet member who is not performing satisfactorily should be thrown out of the Presidency while competent hands should be brought in now because if the initial appointment was meant to appease political interest, then the time has come to face the reality to avoid disappointing Nigerians who voted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) based on Mr President’s personal respect and integrity. 

To Sani, “everybody knows who the lion is. As regarding the hyenas, jackals and wolves, I think I will leave that for Mr President to mention them if he wants to. But, in general terms, these are the elements within the cycle of the Presidency who have personal interests, other than that of Mr President. And, they are called in broader sense ‘cabal.’ These are the mafia that exists within The Presidency.

“As I said, their intent is different from that of the president himself, but, they are part of what is called The Presidency.

“One thing the president needs to do, which is very important, is for him to take a proactive stand in order to reset his presidency by looking at his cabinet in totality.

“Those who have failed should be shown the way out and those who have not been able to perform satisfactorily should be replaced or reshuffled.

“But, it is time for Mr President to throw some people out of his cabinet and change the portfolio of some of them so they can help him perform better.

“There is a message I am sending to Mr President; to fumigate and disinfect the presidency, in the general interest of his own government and also the country as a whole”, he added.

On the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, the senator suggested that stolen funds recovered from former Petroleum Minister, Diezani Alison-Madueke should be deployed to solve the problem between the University unionists and government, “in the interest of young Nigerians who are trying to acquire knowledge through formal education.” 

Senator Sani also reacted to a recent resolution of the Nigerian Army to go after those who make inciting statements on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter.

Sani insisted neither the Nigerian Police Force nor the military, or any security outfit in Nigeria has any business monitoring social media under the guise of tracking hate speeches.

He likened it to giving the security agents blank check to humiliate every person who pours out his opinion on issues that affect people as bonafide citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He quickly added that Senate is already working on a bill that will address any form of hate speech.

“a few days ago, I was at the headquarters of National Human Right Commission and I told them and I am still saying it, that, we at the National Assembly, particularly in the senate, the bill is on the way that will clearly define what hate speech is and what hate speech is not.

“This will prevent giving security agencies blank cheque to go after each and every person who speaks. Nigerians must speak to defend their constitution and republic. They must speak to criticise their government, hold them accountable and speak, to cast out lies in our democratic experiment. This democracy is a product of the struggle of those who laid down their lives. And on no guise we will fold our hands and see our democracy simply taking away,” he added.    (The Sun)

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Northern Elite Responsible For Poverty In North-Sani | The Republican News

 

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Sen. Sehu Sani

Leke Baiyewu, Abuja

A member of the Senate representing Kaduna South Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, on Wednesday, took a swipe at the elite in the northern part of Nigeria, blaming them for the high rate of poverty in the region.

He said while there were wealthy northerners, the North still had high poverty rate.

Sani said this when he hosted leaders of lepers, the deaf and dump, the blind and the cripple in Kaduna State in his office.

The lawmaker said the visit by the group was in fulfilment of his campaign promise to bring them “for the first time to see the office of the person they elected into public office.”

He said it was unfortunate that the poor were the ones who “toiled and worked for us, and laboured hard to see us elected into public office.”

He lamented that while politicians looked out for the poor and the physically-challenged during campaigns, the people were usually abandoned when elections had been won.

Sani said, “It has always been the same pattern; each time we are aspiring for political offices, we search for them in the nook and crannies but at the very time we have won the election, the best thing is how to clear them from our cities.

“You cannot end (street) begging in any part of Nigeria without making provisions for uplifting their socio-economic and living standards. It has always been the case. Public begging and loitering is an economic problem. You cannot legislate people out of poverty; you cannot decree people out of poverty; you have to lay an economic roadmap for which these people can stand and fend for themselves.

“Begging has been a major problem in northern Nigeria but it couldn’t in any way be stopped because the economic basis that would address the problem has not been done. Many rich northerners, who own oil blocks and are in position of power, are seeing these people as pests in the society that should be cleared off. And they cannot be cleared off.”

He added, “We have enough people who are rich in the northern part of Nigeria and who could have ended this problem. But what we should understand is that philanthropy alone cannot address the problem of socio-economic inequality; we need to have an entrenched social system and social justice in which people of this social status can have their standard uplifted.”

Sani also said that it was “very unfortunate” that governments at all levels budgeted trillions of naira without consideration for the physically-challenged, to have their problems and plights addressed.

He said, “We live in a very oppressive and exploitative society; the class of the the few are the ones who are consistently supported; they are the ones who have been enriched consistently. And we have a mass of people who are in abject poverty.

“Government should not measure its achievement by the number of rich people it has created but by the number of poor people it has been able to lift out of poverty. That should be the guiding principle. But successive governments in Nigeria have been very unfair to our physically-challenged people. They were the ones who were on the queues on election day. They were the ones who were brutalised and persecuted by previous administrations. They need to see, feel and benefit from change at hand.”  (Punchng.com)

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