Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has insisted that the Abuja- Kaduna road is free from kidnappers and bandits.
He spoke to State House correspondents yesterday after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He expressed confidence that with the security system in place, people can be confident to drive on the Abuja-Kaduna road without any fear.
He said, “I came to see Mr President to brief him on the general security situation in Kaduna which I do from time to time and also to update him on the various initiatives by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), the SSS, and the Army Forces with a view to improving the security situation in Kaduna in general and particularly along the Abuja-Kaduna road.
“I want to say that the initiatives put in place have made the road quite safe now. I can say confidently that anyone can get in that road because I don’t want to go into details of the measures that have already been put in place but I am confident that with the security system in place now that people can be confident to drive on the Abuja-Kaduna road without any fear”. On claims by the senate describing the Kaduna-Abuja express way as the most dangerous highways in Africa, el-Rufai accused the lawmakers of playing to the gallery.
“If you believe everything that comes out of the Nigerian senate, you will have serious mental health problems. There are things that are said there that are just for the gallery, for the media. I don’t know what statistics that were used to determine that the Kaduna-Abuja road is the most dangerous anywhere.
“I like facts, I like using figures. I wish the people that said that would use figures. But I am saying that no matter what anyone said, last week, I am assuring Nigerians that the Kaduna -Abuja road is quite safe now and would be with the initiatives put in place by the various security agencies, details of which I am not willing to disclose.
“Only God can guarantee total safety. But I am saying as the governor of the state based on the security measures put in place, I am confident that the road is safe and I drive on that road.
On his dispute with the National Leader of the APC, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the governor said, there is no dispute between him and anyone in the APC, saying the APC is one family.
According to him ,”I don’t have dispute with my own party. They may have dispute with me but I don’t. I made comments on Lagos about how to retire godfathers, it’s a template that we have used in Kaduna and it has worked. If anybody thinks he is a god-father, the template may apply to him but I am not in dispute with anyone.
“I expressed my views firmly and very clearly, there is no human being that I am afraid to express my views on, and when I am ready to express my views specifically on a particular name then I will do so but I haven’t.
“I made a general statement but people have gone in to overdrive, creating fake news, abusing me and so on. I am thick-skinned, I can take the abuse and I will wait for my time when I want to.
When asked if he is in good terms with Senator Tinubu, he said, ” We are in the same party, we get along very well as far as I know’’.
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