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EL-Rufai went too far over demolition of Sen. Hunkuyi property – Sagay

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Itse Sagay (SAN), on Wednesday said Governor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna state ‘went too far’ in the demolition of a house belonging to the Senator representing Kaduna North, Suleiman Hunkuyi.

Recall that, many, including the Senate have condemned the act but the state government insists it had nothing to do with politics.

Mr Sagay told Independent that he was surprised that Governor El-Rufai whom he had great respect for could descend so low over disagreements with other members of the party.

According to him, the governor’s action may truncate the peace efforts being brokered by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari and may also affect the fortunes of the party in the state during the 2019 election.

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He said, “I must tell you when I saw it in the press this morning, I was really shocked. To me, it is a bit extreme because Governor El- Rufai is somebody I have great respect for.

“He is highly principled and he is a man of his words but I don’t think he will go to that extent over a disagreement between other members of the party. I was shocked and I am not happy about it.

“He went too far because apart from the fact that such action is not right, it can also affect the fortune of the party in that state. One has to think of all those things. So, I am not happy about it and I think it was wrong,” Sagay said.

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Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Kaduna State Geographic Information Service, KADGIS, Ibrahim Husseini, explained in a statement that the building was brought down as part of an exercise to rid the state of illegal structures, tackle street trading and restore order across the state.

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