Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Kaduna state commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Mrs. Ruth Alkali, narrowly escaped lynching by aggrieved participants at an awardee programme, following attempts by the commissioner to promote what they described as Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s “Anti-People” policies in the state.
She was attacked at the venue of the music concert and award presentation to some prominent Nigerians, which was put together by One Voice Foundation in collaboration with Arewa Music House in Kafanchan area of Jema’a local government, Kaduna state.
The commissioner, who was one of awardees at the programme, provoked participants at the event when she made several attempts to justify what the people called “anti-people” policies of Governor el-Rufai, especially the choice of a Muslim woman as his running mate.
An eyewitness, who was at the scene, reports that trouble started when the commissioner remarked that, “Southern Kaduna did not give El-Rufai full support; that was why he picked a Muslim woman as his running mate.”
She added, “Southern Kaduna people have been posting fictitious things on the internet, which further blighted the relationship between Southern Kaduna people and the governor that culminated to the total neglect of the region by the el-Rufai’s administration.”
A section of the congregation, who were visibly angry with the commissioner’s comment, disrupted her speech and threatened to beat her if she further attempts to sell the candidature of el-Rufai to them.
On noticing the anger by irate youths and women as tension built up, the council chairman of Jema’a local government, Mr. Peter Averik, who was at the event, quickly organized security personnel and whisked the commissioner away from being attacked by the already-charged youths through the back door.
The event drew highly respected personalities across the country; among them was the fearless former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani Kayode, Senator Danjuma La’ah and Member representing Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency, Hon. Shehu Nicholas Garba.