Northern group warns defenders of Igbo quit notice

Posted by Garba Ahmed, Kaduna | 25 June 2017 | 1,692 times

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•Professor Ango Abdullahi.

A group, the Uba Sani Solidarity Front, on Saturday cautioned another group of youths who claimed to be holding brief for Professor Ango Abdullahi, from making unguarded utterances on Facebook.

A community youth leader from Giwa Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Bello Giwa had condemned Uba Sani the Political Adviser to Governor Nasir El-Rufai for his critical remarks against Prof. Ango Abdullahi’s reaction to the Governor’s order for the arrest of Arewa youths who issued a quit notice to Igbos living in the North.

Sani was reported in an Abuja based radio station, Cool FM to have lambasted Abdullahi as “an expired old man who contested many times to be Kaduna Governor but failed.” Sani was also reported to have described Abdullahi as irrelevant in the politics of Kaduna State.

The Giwa Youths had described Sani as a serial loser who has become a political liability to El-Rufai’s government.

They warned Sani against coming to Giwa and threaten to mobilise youths to stone him.

But, the group, Uba Sani Solidarity Front in a statement issued in Kaduna on Saturday, and signed by its Chairman, Abubakar Umar and the Secretary, Juliet Magaji condemned what they described as the use of ‘gutter language’ in response to Sani’s criticism of Abdullahi’s style and political posturing.

“We wondered when self-expression or criticism became a sin,” the group said. It also described as childish, and a display of ignorance of the rule of law for anyone to threaten that a public office holder would be stoned for expressing a simple political opinion.

They described the threat as infantile and “disrespect for democratic ethics and principles that allow for free expression of views on any matter.”

The group stated further that it was worrisome that certain politicians have chosen to ‘gang-up’ in a grand conspiracy, to overheat the Kaduna political terrain in order to score cheap political gains, adding that “the threat of these unknown quantities resulted from the peanuts given by their paymasters.”

Source: News Express

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