(L-R immediate past Sec, NUJ Kaduna Council, Chief Dominic Uzu, VP N/W NUJ, Comr Yusuf Idris and SSA to former VP of Nigeria, Umar Sani when Journalists paid him Allah homage at his Kaduna residence on Monday)
//Politics, Godwin Ekosin, Kaduna//
Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to immediate past Vice President of Nigeria Ach Namadi Sambo, Umar Sani on Monday called on President Mohammadu Buhari to relax policies on Treasury Single Account (TSA) and border closure to ease the current economic hardship in the country.
He also called on Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to tread softly in his quest to developing the state, saying there is no point for destruction if he’s not ready for construction.
Umar said since the president himself has asked the people to offer constructive advice on the way forward out of current economic hardship, then the need to carry everybody along no matter the political inclination is very paramount.
He said, “I want to advise the government to relax its TSA policy. The President himself has asked us to advise him as regarding the way out of the current economy recession the country is currently going through.
“We must also advise the President to carry everyone along and that no section of the country should be neglected. Even if you are interested in particular region, all the glaring sentiments must be removed. So you don’t overhitting the polity. If you are going outside and keep saying the country is filled with corrupt people, that cannot attract investors to the country”.
He also disagreed with the newly launched initiative, “Change begins with Me”, saying it is a bridge of agreement and contrary to what the APC government promised Nigerians during electioneering.
In Kaduna, he opined that the religion bill the state government is trying to bring up would have been a very good step if the right procedures have been considered ab initio, quickly added that the way and manner in which it is been presented was faulty.
He cited an instance where some Muslim boys burgled an igbo man’s shop, “stole his shirts and brought them to me to buy. But when I enquired from them the source of the materials, they said they burgled the igbo man’s shop because their mallam told them it is the right thing to do. So that was how we collected everything and returned them to the owner. I spoke to them and they eventually agreed that they were at fault. So, this is one of the false doctrine the bill can address.
“On replanning Kaduna, there is no point destroying when you are not ready to build. People need houses. The measures are wrong even if the concepts are good. Everybody wants house and it is just normal.
“What I have been reading in newspapers from Kaduna have been fair. The governor must also adopt a listening hear. The media advisers to the Governor should know that their work involve politics and not mere writing press release. They need to play politics to the extent that the journalists who are suppose to be colleagues can actually write the releases on their behalf”, he added.