Why is Governor Nasir El-Rufai writing another White Paper 25 years after? –Atyap Community asks

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Atyap Community Development Association, (ACDA), has thrown a poser, to Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, asking, “Why is Governor Nasir El-rufai writing another White Paper 25 years after the original White Paper was written?

The Association also said that, “It is manifestly clear that the El-Rufai Government of Kaduna State has no justifiable reason to set up another White Paper Drafting Committee when the recommendations of the Justice Rahila Cudjoe Commission have been fully implemented.”

Addressing newsmen at the Nigeria Union of Journalists, (NUJ), Kaduna State Secretariat, Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Secretary of the association, Sule Tinat Bonnet, said, “The Government of Kaduna State had already produced a White Paper from the AVM Muazu Reconciliation Committee Report, which past Governments of Kaduna State have been implementing since 1995. He said, the only outstanding issues on this White Paper are: The actualisation of the Buffer Zone(b) The actualisation of the Irrigation Project) Actualisation of the Atak Jei Residential Layout which was produced and approved on 12th April 2010 by the former Governor of Kaduna State which will foster integration in the Community as envisaged by the AVM Usman Muazu Committee.

Bonnet said, “Pretending that all the matters already addressed by previous governments and the resolutions reached and implemented by previous administrations in Kaduna state had not happened, the statement by Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye that the government will do its “utmost to bring to closure” to issues that had supposedly “lingered unresolved”, smacks of a grand scheme against the Atyap.

“Exhuming the dead letter of the 1992 Cudjoe report and invoking a White Paper on that jaundiced and unrepentantly biased report, makes our fears of sinister motives by the Kaduna State Government quite cogent.

He asked, “Why are they writing a White Paper on the Cudjoe commission report after all its recommendations had been implemented by previous administrations?” Adding, “Our fears are reinforced by the fact that Muyiwa Adekeye’s June 30, 2020 statement claims that there was no White Paper on the Usman Muazu Report, when in fact the Kaduna State Government had on July 4, 2000 publicly announced that it would faithfully implement the decisions in the Kaduna State Government White Paper on the AVM Usman Muazu Report. Why then are they writing another White Paper 25 years after the original White Paper was written? From the foregoing it is manifestly clear that the El-Rufai Government of Kaduna State has no justifiable reason to set up another White Paper Drafting Committee when: (i) The recommendations of the Justice Rahila Cudjoe Commission have been fully implemented. (ii) The Government of Kaduna State had already produced a White Paper from the AVM Muazu Reconciliation Committee Report, which past Governments of Kaduna State have been implementing since 1995.

The Association was reacting to a statement by Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, Special Adviser on Media and Communication to Governor Nasir Ahmad El Rurai, informing the public that the Kaduna State Government had set up a White Paper Committee on 1992 Zangon Kataf Crisis.

According to Adekeye, the main assignment of the White Paper Committee is “to draft a White Paper on the two reports of the Rahila Cudjoe Commission of Inquiry into the Zangon-Kataf riots of February and May 1992.”

As an adjunct to this, the Government White Paper Drafting Committee “will also consider the 1995 report of the Zangon-Kataf Reconciliation Committee, chaired by Air Vice Marshal Usman Muazu.”

Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye ignorantly or deliberately claims that the recommendations of the aforementioned Reports “have not received comprehensive response or attention”, adding The facts we present will show that this statement is calculated to misinform the public, as it is quite false.

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