Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Nigeria’s ranking revolutionary leader, Comrade Senator Shehu Sani, has again lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari, describing his administration as “the worst and most corrupt” government Nigeria has ever had.
Senator Sani lamented that himself and the entire northern states would have spoken vehemently against the suspension of the CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, if this had happened during Jonathan administration against a northerner in same position.
Sani, who disclosed this at the Lecture and Award ceremony of Correspondent Chapel of Nigeria Union Journalists, NUJ, Kaduna council, weekend, maintained that even though President Goodluck Jonathan regime was adjudged by many as corrupt, it was not as worst as what’s happening under the current regime.
“What will happen, if you have a Southern President, who wake up overnight and remove CJN, who hails from the North, without following the due process of the law? I’ll not keep quiet, Sani said. The president’s action is a threat to democracy, rule of law.”
Sani, the People’s Redemption Party, PRP, Kaduna Central Senatorial candidate, however, commended Buhari’s administration in areas of payment of pensions and the completion of abandoned projects inherited across the country, sighting example of railway pensioners, among other age-long pension arrears owed in various civil service sectors in the country from past regimes.
He however expressed dismay that, despite energies demonstrated and concentrated against human rights and corruption, the worst occurred under Buhari government, saying “Let’s call a spade a spade.”
On the role of the media in ensuring the success of elections in democratic system, Sani, who underscore practitioners, especially in Kaduna state in the last three years, strongly advised against allowing politicians to infiltrate the Fourth Estate of realm, adding that doing so would lead to collapse of democracy in Nigeria.
He expressed confidence that, just like the Judiciary and Legislative arms of government, without the independent, vibrant media, democracy will not survive.
According to him, a situation where media reports are influenced by politicians or media practitioners drops stories outrightly due to inducement by politicians, spells doom for the country’s emerging democracy.
While reflected on the travail of some journalists in Kaduna under the current regime, Sani applauded those, who stood their ground against all odds to ensure the ethics of the profession are maintained.
But he lamented the poor coverage and media under reportage of some journalists, colleagues and members incarcerated in Kaduna state by government, also describing it as unprofessional.
“It’s unfortunate that some journalists are used, sponsored as spies, destroyers, gossipers against each other by politicians for selfish and personal political gains.” While sighting example of attacks on journalists at NUJ Kaduna state, he appealed to the body to remain firm as an unbiased arbiter the noble profession desires to be.
Senator Shehu Sani, Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Reps Hon. Yakubu Umar Barde and Barr. Hauwa Shekarau, Country Director IPAS, were respectively honored with awards for their outstanding contributions to humanity and media, during the ceremony performed at Manai Garden, Gbagyi Villa, Kaduna.