Gentlemen of the press, It is with a sad and heavy heart that we address you once again on the acts of nepotism going on in kaduna state orchestrated by the duo of Namadi Sambo and Mukhtar Yero. The Sordid state of affairs is not one that should be swept under the carpet or one that we should be silent about.
The Nigerian Customs Service recently released the list of short listed candidates for interview/examination for 2012/2013 training & deployment, of the 287 names released, among which 12 names are short-listed from Kaduna state, it is sad to note that no indigene of Southern Kaduna made the list due to the imposition of candidates by Namadi Sambo and Mukhtar Yero. (Attach is the list released by the Nigerian Customs Service, downloaded from their website www.nigeriacustomsservice.org, under names short-listed 2012/2013)
Realists around power would say that politics is not the arena for this kind of selfishness and shallow-mindedness; everybody knows and accepts that instead of allowing such deep divisions to fester, there is need to restore the attributes of the old Kaduna state of which every indigene is proud of, because no indigene of this state carry any baggage which will be cured by seeing themselves any less, beyond the discursive mischief called core and peripheral Northern Kaduna by those who stand to profit from instability in the state.
Yero as governor has a role to play in bringing about reconciliation by forging a consensus on managing Kaduna’s pluralism. It is not a revolt to be dismissed because it is coming in the context of an unfolding power imbalance in the state, especially considering the appointments so far done by yero.
After booting out the Principal Private Secretary, Chief of Staff and S.A Media, all Sons of Southern Kaduna, yero again has removed the Principal private Secretary and Press Secretary in the office of the Wife of the Governor. This act of sadism and hate against the good people of Southern Kaduna is becoming worrisome.
We all sincerely need peace to survive, but can this be achieved when the governor and his fellow Garrison commanders opt to go for a broke by constantly neglecting the Southern Kaduna People, even as we have it on good authority that he plans between this week and next to further humiliate some of our sons and daughters. This policy of exclusion is creating unnecessary tensions that will continue to bridge the gap between government and the governed. Politics can be played by its rules and can serve as a means of building bridges and showing the human side of life that very few in public life have demonstrated.
Despite the clouds of fear, anxiety and uncertainty, our people will not give in to self-doubt and prejudice because the future that lies ahead is far brighter now than at any time and our confidence as a people has grown.
For those whose selfishness sowed the seeds of exclusion and have abandoned the state and fled to Abuja where they continue to pursue an unproductive lifestyle of feeding off the state by pretending to represent us at higher levels, we say their days are numbered and the monopoly of power by one section over the other will soon come to an end.
Finally, of a serious note of concern, worry, and shame, considering the high level display of tribalism exhibited by the Nigerian Customs Service, it is pertinent to ask why would Katsina State have 24 indigenes short-listed as compared to Kaduna and other states and the F.C.T, Probably because the Comptroller-General hails from Katsina State?
We therefore use this medium to call on President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Assembly to take a firm and decisive action over this shameful and unpatriotic act exhibited by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Custom Service and mete out the same treatment extended to the immediate past Comptroller general of the Nigerian Immigration Service who was booted out of office for such unpatriotic act.
Gentle-men of the Press, I thank you all for listening and may God continue to bless our dear state, Country and bless us all
Caleb Samuel Abbott
Southern Kaduna Progressive Youth Movement