Fuel Hike, Paris Club Refunds: Where Senator Sani Differs
Whether by omission or commission, it has always been said that no re-branded, people-oriented new politicians in Senate with activism background would succumb to unpopular policies that would put the part of the masses in continuous severe economic recession currently being encountered by the Nigerian populace.
Senator, Comrade Shehu Sani, of Kaduna central, is one of the few enviable Senators, who had consistently showed out against such policies, no matter the circumstances or pressure on him, not to do so even from the powers that be in the ruling party he belongs and professes.
A one man’s squad in the Eighth Senate, who differs at all times from ill-conceived popular views, so long those views ran contrary to the remote interest of the poorest of the poor. He does this even against his future political ambition and life. For him, it does not really matter, who are the forces behind it. Sani, in his usual extrinsic posture, wouldn’t mind but to throw it back at them elsewhere, even if not on the floor of the Senate chamber but to ground roles.
Uncountable times, he has demonstrated these traits for general interest of Nigerians, irrespective of selfish and greedy ones that choose to pull up their weights, for such treacherous decisions.
On the most recent callous recommendations of increase in fuel, amidst the unbearable biting economy, Sani openly rejected it, not minding the proponents’ hidden agenda and the financial slavery intended of some senators against the larger society.
Sani, in his Facebook posting Saturday, said, and I quote, that “The Works Committee Report recommending increase in ‘fuel’ pump price does not reflect the position of those of us against it.” He continued that, “I strongly stand against it.” And he has severally, without any political interest, been doing this even against the Mr President, Muhammad Buhari.
In Kaduna state where he represents, Sani had, indeed, fought relentlessly and stood against all odds for public interest, even to the detriment of his second-term intention.
Asides the unending ‘street fights’ between Sani and the sitting Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna most popular Senator, remains unshakable, adamant and outspoken against tyranny and oppression. He did not only push for or against popular and unpopular state policies, he also confronted and, where possible, attacked and demanded to know, if situations called for it.
Sani, just last night, on his posting in Facebook, social media, demanded that “Paris refund should be used for verifiable physical projects and not sink into the dark pit of ‘outstanding salaries and pension arrears.’ ” The senator, in a message to his constituency to mark Democracy Day, also spoke extensively on the Paris Club refunds, specifically on the Kaduna state.
In particular, he was furious about the silence on the part of the state governing body for not informing the citizenry of what it intended to official appropriate the funds for, for the state. His reaction, which is generating (counter)reactions already, but may not be satisfactory to him, perhaps metamorphosed and, consequently, resulted to the outpouring of the Saturday posting on the issue.
This, according to Sani supporters, has brought to bear a lot of challenges to many young, vibrant Nigerians serving in the current Senate and House of Representatives, who should emulate him, for the good of the society in general and their states in particular.