by Stanley Azuakola
The governor of Kano, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has expressed his displeasure with the Nigerian senate over comments made by some senators during its sitting on Wednesday.
After the deadly bomb blast in Kano on Monday, which resulted in the loss of over 25 lives, two senators, Uche Chukumerije (Abia) and Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (Kano) had led the charge in the senate, accusing the governor of nonchalance and failure to personally sympathise with the families of the victims.
The senators had claimed that 80 per cent of those who died were Igbo and 20 per cent from the other parts of the country.
But Gov. Kwankwaso took exception to their criticisms. He spoke shortly after receiving the federal government delegation led by the minister of interior, Comrade Abba Moro who came on a sympathy visit to the governor.
“They are just senators sitting in Abuja and they don’t know anything but they have to speak rubbish and absolute nonsense,” he said. “Senators in Abuja felt they are big and mightier. Abuja only they know. They don’t know what is happening in their states or constituencies. If there is kidnapping, militancy or bomb blast in their home state they seek refuge in their castles in Abuja.”
He said that rather than criticising from Abuja, members of the national assembly should visit Kano like the federal government did and witness events on the ground.
“We are working round the clock to ensure there is peace in Kano State and we shall continue with the good work for the betterment of the state,” Kwankwaso said.
For the 2015 elections, the governor expressed hope that the electorate would elect credible senators unlike the present ones “who don’t wish good for the country and the sustenance of peace and oneness of the nation.”
The war of words between senators and the Kano governor is not the only controversy which has surfaced in the last few days since the Kano blast. A statement by former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu, on amnesty for Boko Haram also caused a stir on Thursday.