By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), senatorial candidate for Kaduna Central, Lawal Adamu Usman, also known as Mr LA, has described as insensitive the utterances of Governor Nasir Elrufai when he referred to the thousands of teachers he sacked as touts and area boys.
El-Rufai, had on Saturday during a live Hausa programme on the Federal Radio Corporation, (FRCN), justified his government’s sack of over 25,000 teachers, saying the step became necessary because the schools were staffed by people he described as rascals, touts and irresponsible area boys.
In a swift reaction, Mr LA’s Media and Publicity Director, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said it was the height of insensitivity for the governor to insult the teachers after rendering them jobless, homeless and hopeless without paying them their entitlements.
He noted that most of the affected teachers were people who have served their state diligently for twenty years and above but suddenly sacked by the same government they brought to power.
Suleiman said these unguarded, provocative insults has further confirmed the concern that the power El-Rufai and the APC had was not being used to improve people’s lives despite the mountain of unrealistic campaign promises that propelled high expectations.
The Media and Publicity Director, added that for those who, in 2014, were deceived into supporting a false new future for the state, but are now understandably uncertain and nervous, angry even, PDP is offering a liberating alternative with a new set of realistic promises for something better.
“Regrettably, rather than sympathizing with them and their families or at least showing remose for his indiscriminate and irrational action, the governor found it convenient to insult them in the market square.
“It is indeed clumsy, irresponsible, insensitive, unstatesmanlike and gross abuse of official privileges for a leader to resort to callous remarks against a people whose fate have been so negatively affected by the unpopular, unfocused and uninformed policies of his government.”
“Almost four years on, what has happened to those promises and raised hopes? Poverty, homelessness and joblessness now so rife they are almost taken for granted. Our health service, schools and civil service are stretched to breaking point in an economy flagging and manufacturing jobs lost.
“We must renew that founding spirit, and refresh that ambition by taking away that power and placing it where it can mean real change.
“2015 to 2018 is the most chaotic and divisive years in the history of Nigeria and in particular, Kaduna state.
“We need to draw a line under it and use 2019 to get back on track. We have a real opportunity this year to push for unity, rather than the currrent vision, bitterness and mutual distrust,” he said.