Why I Stopped Ramadan Feeding – El-Rufai
Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai yesterday explained why he stopped the annual Ramadan feeding introduced by previous administrations in the state.
El-Rufai said he decided to discontinue the practice of distributing food items and gifts during Ramadan because the state was broke, and needs to tighten its belt to serve the people better, in a manner that befits their massive support for change.
El-Rufai who explained this through his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said it is clear that the state government will no longer tolerate the siphoning of government resources in the guise of gifts to prominent politicians, public servants and famous figures, or the feeding of indigent persons during religious occasions.
The governor went further to explain that the government has stopped issuing contracts to so called ‘super’ politicians to supply foods, beverages and other essentials as Ramadan gifts across the state because the process is entirely fraudulent with nothing tangible to show for it, except playing to the gallery to score cheap political goals and fraudulently enrich a few individuals. He said that it is a known fact that the so-called feeding of the poor during Ramadan is a window created to loot the public treasury with impunity using religion as a cover.
He noted that findings have revealed how it is mainly prominent politicians and influential personalities that benefit from the Ramadan and Christmas gifts instead of the so called ‘poor’. “Foodstuffs, bought with public resources, are distributed to prominent government officials and other personalities, while the poor in whose name those foods are procured queue in droves for crumbs.
And are constantly subjected to several forms of hardships and degrading circumstances after such sham gestures.