opinionBy Ahmed B. Kaita
Much as I hate wasting valuable time replying paid image makers of the barely visible, politically inept, intellectually colourless and economically confused regime in Katsina, the above titled rejoinder to one of my numerous attempts to force the regime of Governor Ibrahim Shema to be accountable to the people by one Aliyu Hassan Katsina is one rejoinder I find both interesting and deserving of my attention.
My interest is more to the realisation that such a fluent author exists in the stable of "His Excellency" all the while I was demanding answers for all the questions that the people I represent are dying to know. Incidentally, these are people feeling the pinch of the under sized "Shema Shoe" that they have been forced to wear and endure while these image makers are insulting their intelligence.
Sadly, the fluency and oratorical prowess of Aliyu Hassan Katsina, just like those before him left us nowhere closer to the truth about the system, style and competency of the Shema regime. Still we are left with unanswered questions about why every aspect of the people's condition is declining. Still people die of common ailments that ordinarily are not even life threatening.
Our roads remain the most expensive in the world. Billions are claimed to be spent on education with no visible corresponding result. All the noise about developmental projects begins and ends with "New Government House" that would never add value to anybody but the master.
Hassan, just like those before him failed to explain why contracts awards and agreements are such a highly secretive affair in Katsina that hardly can anybody say precisely at what cost they are being executed (variations and all.) For Hassan to assume that people will not question any initiative from a government with this kind of history should only be considered as blowing hot air and wishful thinking.
If anything, his quest to protect the already blown secrets of the government only exposed the regime to more ridicule (the regime is used to it by now though). However, intellectual decency demand objective response to precise issues raised in my article which Hassan conveniently refused to address, rather deploying an old trick that is no longer effective in addressing the absolute denial of democracy and its dividends to the people.
The trick of painting a picture of my being against the Kankia Solar project was as daft and silly as trying to prove six does not equal half a dozen, or half empty is not the same as half full. It is an overused trick that people have since became resistant to, of hiding behind shallow rhetoric devoid of sense and logic to escape answering fundamental questions by classless leaders bereft of ideas.
This trick is used to buy time and allow misdeeds to fade away. But people are now alive to their responsibilities in building a decent society. Literature acrobatics no longer explain apparent short comings of accidental leaders. People are demanding for only clear precise answers that would institute a culture of probity and accountability in Katsina, just as the world understand them, not the lies oozing out of the corridors of power in Katsina.
Hassan's grammar does not explain the imbalance between the billions of Naira that accrued to the state in the last five years of the regime and the hurriedly ill conceived, as well as totally out of synch with people's needs projects that "image makers" like Hassan are exhausting their vocabulary trying to reconcile instead of using simple arithmetic by putting figures against claims for the people to calculate.
This "very hot grammar" from Hassan, which gives him an over bloated and self impressed air of phantom intellectual capacity that he believes writing simple issues like the "owambe party" going on in Katsina in the absence of clear ability to govern requires an Albert Einstein sort of a brain to do, does not put sense into a picture of a "prudent and honest" leader running to court seeking an injunction to prevent his "loving" people from seeing how the figures were juggled to make the best use of the opportunity for personal gain.
By this, I'm raising the bar. I'm challenging anybody, not just Hassan, to use his skills and power of conviction and proximity to persuade Governor Shema to bring out the records that hold the keys to his type of prudence for his people to see.
Amazingly, Hassan in a rush to smear and question my intention of ensuring a good deal for the traumatised people of Katsina in respect of the Katsina Solar project mentioned "a well published contractual agreement with the German company." If I may ask, published where, when and by whom? Perhaps Hassan is domiciled in planet venus for him to be ignorant about the cult-like secrecy of Katsina State government when it comes to expenditure and contractual agreements.
Hassan's zeal to protect his master may usher in a new breathe of change if he can influence publishing the Katsina solar project (it is obvious the one he claimed published was a figment of a desperate imagination) and all other contractual agreements for any project in the range of N100milion and above.
Hassan definitely need to read the log on Dr. Mustapha Inuwa's car mileage to read the miles he covered running to court trying to impose the (FoI) bill to work on Governor Shema and allow the people a glimpse into this sort of "well published" agreements that Hassan was completely naïve about their nightmarish potentials. Well, published they would be; one day in sha Allah.
Meanwhile, He may hold on to his definition of prudence, but let him remain conscious of the fact that Katsinawa are no longer docile, and they are dying to get hold of these details to remove the chaff from the grain. They have passed through many such dubious arrangements for somebody to think they will accept such "ingenious schemes" without first putting them under microscope (lies, threats and all.)
- Hon. Kaita is member representing Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa Federal Constituency in the House of Reps