The senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, on Sunday flagged off distribution of 100,000 radio sets to communities in seven local government areas that make up the senatorial district as part of efforts aimed at raising “political consciousness” among the people of his district.
Speaking during a presentation ceremony of the radio sets to representatives of communities in the seven LGAs namely: Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Birnin Gwari, Chikun, Giwa, Igabi and Kajuru in Kaduna, the senator described radio as the major source of enlightenment and access to information especially to the grassroots in the northern part of the country.
“Radio is the major source of information dissemination in the region with or without electricity. So, I am sharing this radio to contribute towards political consciousness within the people of my own senatorial district”, Senator Sani said.
On the controversy surrounding his alleged suspension from the All Progressives Congress, APC, the embattled senator said the national secretariat of the party had advised that all sides cease “all forms of attacks on the pages newspapers and I have instructed all my supporters and followers to abide by this”.
The Senate Committee Chairman on Foreign and Domestic Debts, however, blamed Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and his supporters, of being behind the protracted crisis threatening to tear the APC in the state apart.
“But it is unfortunate that some persons within the circle of the governor have made crisis a source of their own monetary gains”, he said, adding “So, as far as I am concerned, we will abide by what the national secretariat advised. It is shameful and disgraceful that individuals within the so-called state level are insulting reputable personalities at the national level”.
Sani also warned of an impending implosion within the Kaduna APC, saying without both sides accepting to remain in peace, the party will continue to be enmeshed in problems.
He also used the occasion to rally support from Nigerians for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying “The president has two categories of enemies, those who like the president by mere words and those who hate him in their hearts”.
“APC is Buhari and Buhari is APC and we are in APC if Buhari is in APC. Therefore, no amount of blackmail, propaganda against me will discourage me or the people of Kaduna State because our people have become more aware and enlightened about the political developments around them.
“Whoever does not want Buhari to continue beyond 2019 is enemy of Buhari and Nigerians”, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Abdulkareem Akarami thanked Senator Sani and urged other political leaders to emulate him.
“Radio is our live and we thank the senator for the distribution which will help most of us who cannot afford their own because of our economic status”, he said.