Senator Hunkuyi Emerges NNPP Kaduna Governorship Candidate, Laments on Insecurity, Unfavorable Govt Policies

,,,Kaduna state has turned out in the category of states with highest incidents of insecurity

…insecurity has rendered the citizenry as prisoners in their places of abode and captives outside the homes

…Kaduna is the second highest most indebted state in Nigeria

…Care for human life and happiness, not their exploitation and extinction, is the first and only legitimate objective of our government

BY OBUTE JAMES

Senator Suleiman Othaman Hunkuyi has emerged as the 2023 governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP.

He emerged as the party flag-bearer after the delegates from the local government areas of the state affirmed him as the candidate of NNPP for governorship election in Kaduna State by 2023.

The NNPP Kaduna State Governorship Primary Election which took place at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna was monitored by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials, the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service, NSCDC among others. 732 delegates participated in the exercise. The NNPP Electoral Committee was chaired by Mohammed Bello Ma’aji.

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi

In his acceptance speech, Senator Hunkuyi lamented that the once peaceful Kaduna state has turned out in the category of states with highest incidents of insecurity.

“Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, as you are aware, the primary purpose of any government as provided in Chapter 2, Section 14, sub-section 2 (b) is “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”; other purpose of government includes respect for the fundamental human rights of its citizens, as well as respect for the principles of the rule of law.

“Today, goes down in the political history of our dear State as the day in which the foundation laying stone for the restoration of the fundamental objectives and the directive principles of state is made.

“What is more worrisome is the glaring lack of expertise from the state government in conflict and crisis management which has found expression in the recurring massacre of our people and evidenced by surrendering the entire state internal security structure in the hands of a novice political appointee. The security captains (police, SSS, and others) have been relegated to the background. Insecurity has taken over the center stage, farmers have abandoned their farms, while lives and livelihoods have been affected and thrown into chaos.

“It is a recurring nightmare for travelers who ply these roads every day -the Kaduna- Abuja highway, Kaduna- Birnin Gwari road, Kaduna – Zaria highway and Zaria -Giwa- Funtua roads. Whereas, life for those people living in the sub-urban areas of Chikun and Kajuru, a lot of portions of Giwa and Birnin Gwari has become short and brutal due to the persistent activities of criminal bandits.

“Jema’a, Zangon-Kataf, Kauru are enmeshed in sometimes avoidable life danger activities of the hoodlums,” Hunkuyi said.

According to Hunkuyi “The insecurity has rendered the citizenry as prisoners in their places of abode and captives outside the homes, a rare daredevil alternative.

“Needless, to say that the present administration in Kaduna States have abundant cases of gross violation of human rights and personal liberties of its citizens. It is also common knowledge that the state government is notorious for contempt of many court orders and judgements.

“My brothers and sisters, the good people of Kaduna State, you will agree with me that we have never been more divided like we are today. In addition, a substantial number of our quality people have been excluded from participating in government to the advantage of strangers, friends, family members and associates. Inexperienced young lieutenants have been conscripted into governance at the detriment of quality experienced indigenous hands.

“Moreso, many parts of the state, especially the semi-urban and rural areas have been totally neglected by the State government in the provision of infrastructure and other developmental projects.

“Our dear state is facing a deteriorating level of fiscal and economic conditions. The present Government has put the state in a dangerous debt trap and thus mortgaged the future of the state. The total debt stock grew up by more than 500% between 2015 to date. External debt stock position of Kaduna State alone is more than $600 million, placing it as the second highest most indebted state after Lagos. This humongous amount at the prevailing exchange rate is likely to push the state into bankruptcy.”

Senator Hunkuyi noted that “I would like to remind the good people of Kaduna State that 2023 is going to be significant for the restoration of our harmonious coexistence, peace and prosperity. So it is no longer about the religious or ethnic inclination of a political party nor about our geo-political zones, but more about the credibility, competence and capacity of the candidates to deliver.

“Ladies and Gentlemen, we cannot allow a few elements to turn the future of our dear state into a cash and carry enterprise. If what was witnessed at the candidates selection process of the APC and PDP in the last few days is anything to go by; and If hitherto the two major political parties have limited our options. NNPP now brings you hope. Therefore, It is time we come out en masse to use our people’s power to bring about the desired change that will salvage our dear state.

“The new Nigeria People’s Party hereby presents you with the reality to dream of a new Nigeria and particularly new Kaduna State. A state that should once more take its position and its people should again hold their heads high and proud.”

According to him, if voted to power, Agenda shall focus on the following:

1. Restoration of Human dignity and respect for human lives.
2. The declaration of a State of Emergency in Education.
3. We will pay special attention to Women and Youth Development.
4. We will enhance Internal Security through innovative methods.
5. We will Improve Agriculture and Food Security through innovative interventions.
6. Improve Rural development to address rural -urban migration.
7. We will reform the State civil Service into a result- oriented and responsive organ of service delivery.
8. We will ensure that government activities are conducted in a transparent and accountable manner in line with global best practices.
9. We will promote Micro- Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSME’s) Development as a catalyst for job and wealth creation.

Read the full text of his remark below:
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF SENATOR SULEIMAN HUNKUYI,
KADUNA STATE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE OF THE NEW NIGERIA PEOPLE’S PARTY (NNPP)
MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2022

Protocol
The Chairman of our great party- Hon. Ben Kure
Members of the State Executive Committee of the NNPP,
Members of the North West Zonal Executive Committee of the NNPP,
The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Mrs. S. Maikudi
Distinguished Delegates and members of our great Party.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Press, Other Observers.

Fellow Compatriots, I stand before you today with gratitude to God and full sense of humility and duty to accept this nomination as Gubernatorial candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) for Kaduna State in the 2023 general elections.

Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, as you are aware, the primary purpose of any government as provided in Chapter 2, Section 14, sub-section 2 (b) is “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”; other purpose of government includes respect for the fundamental human rights of its citizens, as well as respect for the principles of the rule of law.

Today, goes down in the political history of our dear State as the day in which the foundation laying stone for the restoration of the fundamental objectives and the directive principles of state is made.

We are all living witnesses to the devastating level of insecurity to which our dear state has been reduced to. The once peaceful Kaduna state has turned out in the category of states with highest incidents of insecurity. According to published reports and data released by the Nigeria Security Tracker (NST) on security which covers the period between January to March 2022, there were a total number of 332 deaths and 448 abductions in Kaduna state. What is more worrisome is the glaring lack of expertise from the state government in conflict and crisis management which has found expression in the recurring massacre of our people and evidenced by surrendering the entire state internal security structure in the hands of a novice political appointee. The security captains (police, SSS, and others) have been relegated to the background. Insecurity has taken over the center stage, farmers have abandoned their farms, while lives and livelihoods have been affected and thrown into chaos.

It is a recurring nightmare for travelers who ply these roads every day -the Kaduna- Abuja highway, Kaduna- Birnin Gwari road, Kaduna – Zaria highway and Zaria -Giwa- Funtua roads. Whereas, life for those people living in the sub-urban areas of Chikun and Kajuru, a lot of portions of Giwa and Birnin Gwari has become short and brutal due to the persistent activities of criminal bandits.

Jema’a, Zangon-Kataf, Kauru are enmeshed in sometimes avoidable life danger activities of the hoodlums.

The insecurity has rendered the citizenry as prisoners in their places of abode and captives outside the homes, a rare daredevil alternative.

Needless, to say that the present administration in Kaduna States have abundant cases of gross violation of human rights and personal liberties of its citizens. It is also common knowledge that the state government is notorious for contempt of many court orders and judgements.

My brothers and sisters, the good people of Kaduna State, you will agree with me that we have never been more divided like we are today. In addition, a substantial number of our quality people have been excluded from participating in government to the advantage of strangers, friends, family members and associates. Inexperienced young lieutenants have been conscripted into governance at the detriment of quality experienced indigenous hands.

Moreso, many parts of the state, especially the semi-urban and rural areas have been totally neglected by the State government in the provision of infrastructure and other developmental projects.

Our dear state is facing a deteriorating level of fiscal and economic conditions. The present Government has put the state in a dangerous debt trap and thus mortgaged the future of the state. The total debt stock grew up by more than 500% between 2015 to date. External debt stock position of Kaduna State alone is more than $600 million, placing it as the second highest most indebted state after Lagos. This humongous amount at the prevailing exchange rate is likely to push the state into bankruptcy.

Small Businesses have been groaning and over stretched because of the many unfavorable government policies and disruptions in the market places.

The Local government system autonomy has been hijacked by the State government, major revenue sources have been manipulated under the guise of harmonizing tax collections and leaving the Local Government’s to struggle to provide services.

The civil service has been under tremendous pressure as a result of non-adherence to due process. Civil servants have been working under the fear of being sacked anytime; whereas those that have been sacked or retired have not been paid their entitlements.

The education sector has not been spared by the many unstable policies of the present government, in particular many students in tertiary institutions across the state could not continue with their education due to the sharp hike in tuition fees by the state government.

The health sector is bedeviled by myriads of problems like dearth of manpower which is responsible for the low Doctor to Patient ratio, as well as patient to Health facility ratio, inadequate supply of equipment, drugs and consumables. This is in spite of the huge resources that the government is claiming to have channeled to the sector through Primary Health Centers (PHC’s). The huge investments are therefore nowhere to be seen in our rural and urban health centers.

OUR SOCIAL CONTRACT WITH THE GOOD PEOPLE OF KADUNA STATE

Given the peculiarity of the state, a comprehensive plan is being worked out to address many of the problems bedeviling Kaduna State in line with the NNPP’s Constitution and Manifesto. But I would like to pledge that the care for human life and happiness, not their exploitation and extinction, is the first and only legitimate objective of our government and will be premised on innovation, security, and social protection.

Our Agenda shall focus on the following:

1. Restoration of Human dignity and respect for human lives.
2. The declaration of a State of Emergency in Education.
3. We will pay special attention to Women and Youth Development.
4. We will enhance Internal Security through innovative methods.
5. We will Improve Agriculture and Food Security through innovative interventions.
6. Improve Rural development to address rural -urban migration.
7. We will reform the State civil Service into a result- oriented and responsive organ of service delivery.
8. We will ensure that government activities are conducted in a transparent and accountable manner in line with global best practices.
9. We will promote Micro- Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSME’s) Development as a catalyst for job and wealth creation.

CONCLUSION
In conclusion, I would like to remind the good people of Kaduna State that 2023 is going to be significant for the restoration of our harmonious coexistence, peace and prosperity. So it is no longer about the religious or ethnic inclination of a political party nor about our geo-political zones, but more about the credibility, competence and capacity of the candidates to deliver.

Ladies and Gentlemen, we cannot allow a few elements to turn the future of our dear state into a cash and carry enterprise. If what was witnessed at the candidates selection process of the APC and PDP in the last few days is anything to go by; and If hitherto the two major political parties have limited our options. NNPP now brings you hope. Therefore, It is time we come out en masse to use our people’s power to bring about the desired change that will salvage our dear state.

The new Nigeria People’s Party hereby presents you with the reality to dream of a new Nigeria and particularly new Kaduna State. A state that should once more take its position and its people should again hold their heads high and proud.

Join me and the group to break the APC stranglehold.

Join us to re-engineer a new modest social order.

Join hands with the NNPP in the next few days for the emergence of a patriot and the true Leader of our time at the activity of the NNPP National Convention on the 8th of June, 2022 to produce the presidential flag bearer of the common people, a leader with mission, a patriot to the core Engr. Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso as the presidential flag bearer of the NNPP in the 2023 general elections.

Thank you and God Bless!

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