Kwoi, the headquarters of Jaba Local Government Area of Kaduna State and two other villages were rocked with earth tremors on Sunday the 11th of September and the early hours of Monday the 12th September, 2016.
Information from the locals piqued; no lives were lost, only properties were destroyed in what could be called mini-earthquakes.
As big as that was, Nasir El Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, only appealed for calm their his media aide, while saying that relevant state and federal agencies had been duly informed of the tremors.
Monday and Tuesday went by without the physical visit of Governor El Rufai or any other state functionary.
It was on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 that Mr. Barnabas Yusuf Bala the deputy governor surfaced in Kwoi. I guess, Mr. Bala visited on behalf of Mallam El Rufai and the entire government of Kaduna State.
Without demeaning the person and office of the deputy governor, I think, such a significant development ought to have the on-the-spot assessment done by Governor El Rufai not Mr. Bala.
While the people of Kwoi were seen lamenting the natural disaster, photos of Governor El Rufai, smiling, in a celebrating mode in Daura, a village in north-western Nigeria began to circulate on social media.
Does this cut the image of a compassionate leader or that of an insensitive leader? Where on earth would a leader with a natural disaster in his state, would be seen all smiles and posing for photos while fear and chaos grips the people he is governing?
Once again, Mr. El Rufai has vindicated my stand that he is simply clueless on matters related to governance. Democratic leadership isn’t like leadership of a business outfit that the CEO acts like a czar. No.
To avoid being the worst governor since the creation of Kaduna State, Mr. El Rufai needs a special prayer session to cast and bind the spirit of confusion that has beclouded his sense of reasonability. Don’t you think so?
John Danfulani, Ph.D., is a university lecturer at Kaduna State University and human rights activist. He can be reached by email HERE.
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