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 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
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
“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
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