The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has described Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central as an opportunist who uses his position to frustrate the development of the state thus “putting politics above common sense”.
In an interview on Channels Television’s Roadmap 2019, he also stated that the lawmaker uses words without knowing their meaning, asserting that Shehu Sani will be defeated in the February 16 election in the state.
Referring to Kaduna lawmakers’ efforts in frustrating the taking of a $350million loan meant for infrastructure in the state, El-Rufai said the people were quite disappointed by the attitude of the Senators representing the state.
Newsworth recalls that Sani and two other senators representing Kaduna State at the National Assembly rejected the $350 million world bank loan for Kaduna state, hence saw to the Senate withholding approval of the loan request.
Sani had explained that the senators from the state supported the rejection of the request owing to the high debt profile of the state.
According to El-Rufai, “Anyone who represents a people and does not want the benefits of those people is clearly an enemy of the people.
“Shehu Sani uses words without knowing their meaning, there is no way a state government can borrow without clearance from the debt management office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“There is no way the World Bank will lend you or any other person money without doing their number.”
While admitting that Kaduna has the second largest amount of foreign debt after Lagos, the Governor stressed that “What is important is not the level of debt but debt sustainability”.
“Is Shehu Sani as knowledgeable or does he know enough economics or financial management to contest the judgment of these institutions?”
“All Sani has said is just to “Justify taking actions against the interest of 10 million people,” he pointed out.
El-Rufai, however disclosed that he is working with President Muhammadu Buhari, and expressed optimism that soon enough the loan issue with the World Bank will be resolved despite rejection from senators.