…Says, “Counter-order on currency redesign illegal, treason.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A Member representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives (HoRs), Rt. Hon. Samaila Suleiman, has lambasted Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State over his state-wide broadcast on currency redesigned policy.
Hon. Suleiman, who was elected as member on platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and later decamped to People’s Democratic Party (PDP), described El-Rufai’s broadcast on new naira policy, on 16th February, 2023, as “illegal, unwarranted and outright treasonable counter-order.”
The serving federal lawmaker disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Kaduna, titled, ‘Illegal counter-order on currency redesign: an act of treason,’ in which he urgently called for the arrest and prosecution of Malam Nasir El-Rufai.
He said the El-Rufai’s state-wide broadcast in which he attacked with disdain, the person and gave a counter-order, undermining the Office of the President, regarding the legal tender status of the old 500 and 1000 Naira notes, did not occur to him as a surprise.
“It could be recalled that the same Malam Nasir El-Rufai disdainfully countered the valid orders of the Nigeria’s current president on whose popularity Malam El-Rufai and his cohorts rode to their current positions.
“No wonder, the former President of Nigeria, under whose regime El-Rufai was lifted from oblivion to become the F.C.T Minister, was once quoted to have said “El-Rufai is not a man of loyalty because biting the fingers that fed him is his trademark.”
“It was an attempt by El-Rufai to be clever-by-half by portraying that his outburst was done in the interest of the downtrodden “talakawas” and the rule of law, which he disdains so much by most of his anti-People policies as Governor of Kaduna State.
“This is indeed funny, coming from El-Rufai, who the people of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large have come to know as a public officer, who lacks compassion for the masses.
“We, the People of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large do not – and will never – suffer collective amnesia. The same El-Rufai whose second name is ‘Disobedience to court orders,’ running to the same courts he demeans, maligns and holds in extreme contempt.
“I do not have doubt in the ability of our judiciary to prove its worth not only to Nigerian citizens but to the entire world by restating the famous principle, that, ‘He who comes to equity must come with clean hands.’
“Both hands of El-Rufai are not only soiled and dirty but are filthy as far as the naira redesign issue is concerned, vis-à-vis his track record of disobeying validly obtained court orders,” he stated.
He also noted that, “In fact, the man El-Rufai does not have the moral right to approach our courts for any remedy, as he has shamelessly done in this case by approaching the apex court, invoking its original jurisdiction over a currency issue.
“If the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria cannot guide Malam El-Rufai that currency redesign is an issue under the exclusive Legislative List and well within the powers of Mr. President to enforce, I thought his apparent, albeit fake loyalty, to President Muhammadu Buhari should have guided him not to scornfully dare the President’s orders on the naira redesign as he did.
“What is even more worrisome is the fact that El-Rufai’s flammable order to the people of Kaduna State could incite the public against a democratically-elected Government. It was an affront to the Office of the President, unconstitutional and could amount to sedition and treason against the Nigerian State.
“The obvious desperation of Malam El-Rufai on this saga, of course, says the expected, the well hatched plan of Malam El-Rufai and his cronies to use illicit old naira notes amassed over the years to buy votes for his children and cronies, in order to continue reaping Kaduna State of its resources, has hit the Kufena Rock.
“Same El-Rufai, his sons and godsons have been deploying all undemocratic means against my supporters and political opponents by using all forms of intimidation and cowardly antics and tactics by ordering for unjustifiable arrests by security agencies and persecution of my supporters, in order to bring down my political tides against his son in the forthcoming general elections for the Kaduna North Federal Constituency.
“I make bold to say that I refuse to be intimidated, as my bond with the masses of Kaduna North Federal Constituency has only grown stronger as the election approaches. Victory is my portion, by God’s Grace,” he bragged.
He also prayed that the security agencies are mobilized to be on ‘high red alert’ and move in to defend and protect our democracy, the sanctity and integrity of the Nigerian state as one indivisible and indissoluble entity by arresting and prosecuting Nasir el-Rufai for his treasonable conduct, which constitutes serious threat not only to democracy but the entire entity called the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As a serving Legislator, I am not unmindful of the immunity accorded to sitting Governors and their Deputies but, of course, no person or authority – including Malam Nasir El-Rufai – should be allowed to threaten the territorial integrity of Nigeria without any consequence on the altar of immunity clause.
“My least expectation of our security agencies is for them to take cognizance of the treasonable conduct of El-Rufai and to swing into action as soon as his term of office expires on 29th May, 2023.
“While I sympathize with all compatriots over the difficulties and the economic challenges we are all going through at the moment, I call on all citizens of Kaduna State, and the Kaduna North Local Government in particular, to remain vigilant, steadfast, calm and law abiding before, during and after the general elections and to come out and use their PVC to vote enmasse for me on the election day, as in my quest to continue to give you positive, compassionate and people-oriented representation at the National Assembly,” he stated.