Mallam Uba Sani, the Political Adviser to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said the governor will not backtrack on his programmes for the state despite criticisms.Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, Sani accused mischief makers of being responsible for some of the criticisms against the El-Rufai’s policies.
Sani said, “You may accuse Governor El-Rufai of anything but you don’t even have to know him too well to deduce that the governor is not the type to be swayed by any form or shade of primordial religious sentiments,”
“We are not going to get tired of explaining to our people that all the policies, programmes as well as legislations currently being implemented or about to be implemented by the El Rufai administration will always be in the best interest of the state. They will also be for the good of the people who overwhelmingly elected the governor into office.
He said El Rufai will not betray the people that elected him. “The governor has deep knowledge of the state and knows how easy it is for persons who do not mean well for the state, to orchestrate negative religious issues given the seemingly sharp religious divide in the state.”
The aide stated that the religious bill before the State House of Assembly that has come under so much criticism was not a new law, noting that it has been in existence since 1984.
“My understanding is that previous administrations in Kaduna State that had either enacted or retained this law were responding to outbreaks of religious violence in the state over time.
“So, like we have severally explained, in further amending this law, the government is only seeking to discourage the use of religion for violence and division.
Kindly note however, that this law does not in any way abridge, threaten or violate the freedom of worship as enshrined in the constitution of our great country,” he said.