In a shocking revelation, Shehu Sani, the former senator representing Kaduna Central District in Nigeria’s 8th Senate, has opened up about his narrow escapes from three assassination plots during the tenure of Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as governor of Kaduna State. Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Senator Sani firmly stated that his dedication to truth and his position as a legislator shielded him from the attempts on his life, making it clear that no amount of threats or intimidation could silence him.
Among the various challenges he faced, Senator Sani recounted how his academic credentials came under scrutiny, allegedly sponsored by his political adversaries to oust him from the Senate. Undeterred, he courageously weathered the storm and persisted in speaking truth to power.
Detailing the severity of the situation, Senator Sani shared that his office was attacked by unidentified gunmen, and he was constantly shadowed by thugs associated with the All Progressives Congress (APC). In a disturbing incident, the military was allegedly directed to arrest one of his aides, Bashir Ahmad, in 2017. Bashir was subjected to torture by soldiers in an attempt to implicate Senator Sani in a murder case he had no knowledge of. However, as the truth came to light, the police dismissed the case, recognizing its political nature.
Reflecting on the legacy of Governor El-Rufai, Senator Sani expressed deep concern. He highlighted the accumulation of debt and the prevailing climate of terrorist killings and abductions in the state. In his view, the eight years of the governor’s tenure were marred by affliction, leaving a trail of unresolved issues that demand urgent attention.
Shehu Sani’s harrowing tale of surviving multiple assassination attempts serves as a testament to his unwavering commitment to upholding truth and justice. Despite facing grave challenges, he remains resolute in his pursuit of a better future for his constituency and Nigeria as a whole. The legacy of the governor, on the other hand, is marked by mounting debts and persistent insecurity. It is clear that there is a pressing need for effective measures to address these critical issues and ensure a safer, more prosperous Kaduna State.