MegaNews can report that after returning from pilgrimage, Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State has not settled the entitlements of workers in the State. Instead, he adduces an argument that, workers are only 1% of the population.
In an effort to recruit traditional workers to his side on the ongoing disagreement between him and the workers, Mr Almakura has lied that his critiques” insult traditional rulers, individuals or group either on the social media or newspapers.”
Hon Haruna S Iliyasu Favour (Barr), Chairman of the Inter- party Advisory Council in Nasarawa State, has enumerated this lucidly in the following statement exclusively obtained by MegaNews. Please read on.
"Government will not allow those hiding in the name of politics to insult traditional rulers, individuals or group either on the social media or newspapers go unpunished” ~ Governor Al-Makura.
“To say that I am taking aback by the above statement would be starting the obvious. What one would have expected from the government who abandoned some section of its Civil servants without salary and embarked on a spiritual trip is an apology not a threat of prosecution. The 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended in 2011) that brought the government to existence did not leave the citizens unprotected.
Right to freedom of expression and the press is constitutionally guaranteed under chapter 4, section 39 of the constitution under reference. This right is inalienable so no individual, entity or government can take it away from the citizens for any reason other than the ones set out by the same constitutional provision.
As a student of the constitution and the chairman of the inter- party Advisory Council in Nasarawa State, I make bold to say that Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura has the worse relationship with other political parties in the State.
For someone who has such zero regards for other political parties to issue out such a statement on his return to the state is, to my mind, a total erosion to the sanctity and supremacy of our constitution and a slap on the faces of the opposition”
Since the citizens right to hold opinion has a statutory flavour it should not be a subject of abuse by any government. No sane citizen in Nasarawa State would want to abuse any traditional ruler because we know their paramountcy so government should not seek indirect support from them to justify its threats.
Every citizen is entitled to freedom of expression, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart ideas and information without interference.
While we join host of other well-meaning citizens of the state in welcoming his Excellency to the state, we wish to also remind and crave his indulgence to address the issue of the affected civil servants salary.
Even though the government has repeatedly hold opinion that Civil servants constitute only 1% of the state citizens, the necessity to remind his Excellency of the need to curtail the lingering salary issue is informed by our own opinion that whatever affects the minority in a major way also affects the majority in a minor way.