By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, says the relationship between him and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, has broken down irretrievably s a result of ideological differences.Shehu-Sani

Sani in an exclusive interview with Vanguard blamed the governor for the breakdown in their long cherished relationship, accusing him of pursuing capitalist and conservative policies to drive away the poor and the less privileged from the state as opposed to his welfarist and progressive disposition.
Sani explained that it was wrong for the governor to remove beggars and hawkers from the streets of Kaduna without making alternative arrangements for them, vowing to resist such inhuman move until the solutions were provided for the less privileged.

The activist said that he would never shy away shouting on behalf of destitute in the state, which the governor was trying to decimate all in a bid to be seen to be working for a clean and prosperous Kaduna State when majority of the people were living in squalour. Read More →

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Police have detained a Nigerian rights leader who started a small protest near the hotel in Abuja where former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is staying.

Police officer Wilson Inalegwu said Sunday that Shehu Sani, president of the Civil Rights Congress in Nigeria, was detained because he was too close to the road that Blair would travel on.

Blair will meet with former U.S. President George W. Bush, Nigeria’s acting President Goodluck Jonathan and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice late Sunday in Abuja at an awards banquet.

Sani and nearly 35 others say they were protesting the Western leaders’ roles in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

An Associated Press reporter saw police force Shani into the back of a pickup truck. Inalegwu said Shani was being taken to police headquarters.

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