Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan Catholic Diocese, Kaduna State, has strongly criticised Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s alleged bid to take a $350 million loan on behalf of the state.
Bishop Bagobiri urged the people of the state to kick against the move, saying Governor El-Rufai would only squander the said loan on “reckless economic policies”.
“The loan, if granted, will only succeed in destroying Kaduna state through the reckless economic policies of El-Rufai.
“By using deceit to acquire a loan of $350 million which will now make our debt profile as a state to be well over $570 million will reduce all of us in the state to a state of un-pardonable servitude for perpetuity,” the Bishop was quoted as saying by Daily Post.
“If this is true, then we have a government in the state that is callous and insensitive to the plight of the ordinary citizens.
“It is amazing that a government that was greeted with great euphoria at its inception could turn out to be so anti- people’s welfare as this government is.
“Anything that could be done to prevent the Mallam el-Rufai’s led government from acquiring this loan should please be done. We want to see more vigorous protest against the taking of this obnoxious loan.
“This man seems poised to destroy this state through his reckless economic policies in addition to his poor handling of the Fulani Herdsmen terrorism in the state,” said the cleric.