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Buhari advised to dump upcoming Kaduna festival

11 December 2015, 09:04Emeka Okonkwo

Abuja - The senator representing Kaduna North, Shehu Sani, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to decline an invitation to the eagerly-anticipated Kaduna Music Festival.

The legislator denounced the staging of the fete in the face of economic and security challenges besetting the city, region and rest of the country.

The music show is slated for Saturday and Sunday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium where RnB legend, Joe Thomas, from the United States is set to perform alongside top local acts.

While organisers have promised  a spectacle, Sani is not amused.

“The upcoming multi-million naira jamboree stands unreservedly condemned. The event is an indecent and immoral proposition and an affront to the people of Kaduna, the North and the whole of Nigeria struggling to survive economic hardships and pervasive insecurity,” Sani said.

He said it was “shameful, disgraceful, irresponsible and utterly insensitive” that such festivities could be held amid bloodshed and economic difficulties.

Sani cited the Boko Haram insurgency in the North as well as struggles by some state governments to pay workers.

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“It’s callous and amounts to insouciance that at a time when thousands of civil servants and pensioners across the nation remained unpaid, multi million naira is about to be wasted in a musical event,” said the legislator.

“With over 25 000 innocent persons killed by insurgents, more thousands abducted and unaccounted for, over 2 million people displaced from their hamlets, homes, villages and towns in the north, and with soldiers on the frontline fighting and dying to restore peace and order in the north, the musical event is nothing other than playing the fiddle while Rome is on fire."

Sani said the musical jamboree was nothing but a complete waste of public and private resources that could have been channelled to address other social and economic needs and emergencies o

“It’s ironic that the very proposed venue of the event where millions of tax payers money will be wasted, the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, remains an uncompleted arena for the past 50 years,” said Sani.

“The Kaduna musical festival is a spit on the face of abandoned orphans, neglected widows and widowers ‘generated’ by the violence in the North. I call on President Muhammadu Buhari to reject the invitation to attend the charade.”

- CAJ News


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