October 13, 2014.
By: Ibrahim Olalekan
Human rights activist, Comrade Shehu Sani is set to contest the Kaduna Central Senatorial election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing railway pensioners and workers yesterday at Kaduna Junction, state headquarters of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), he said disaster awaited the region if it continued to depend on “the Niger Delta’s oil money, which forms the federal allocation to states.”
The Nation newspaper reported that Comrade Sani said commoners in the North would be in “perpetual slavery”, if they did not resist money politics and elect credible readers.
His words: “Our states are bereft of ideas that will generate revenue to run our affairs. There is no state in the North that can pay one month salary without federal allocation, and federal allocation, and federal allocation is derived from the sale of the Niger Delta’s oil. This is dangerous and spells disaster in the future.
“Is it possible for someone to be feeding you without controlling you? Our visionary leaders like the late Sir Ahmadu Bello foresaw these dangers, yet our leaders betrayed the course of a common good. If Nigeria splits today, the North is in danger. We must resist money politics and elect credible people.
“We must protect our votes; we are only number one in population. We have the highest numbers of senators, governors, local governments and councillors but have the highest number of beggars and oppressed citizens.”
Mohammed Aliyu, who led the pensioners said their pension is N5,000 each and pledged to work against money politics.