Gombe: “Tangale Waja” Christian Youths Accuses Governor Inuwa of Religious, Ethnic Bias
By Uangbaoje Alex, Kaduna
Christian Youths in Tangale Waja Region of Gombe State, has accused the state Governor Inuwa Yahaya, of bias against the Christian community and their entire region.
The youths in a statement made available to journalists in Kaduna, signed by the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Youth wing Billiri chapter, Pastor Shadrach B. Nagabas, accused the Governor of “unfair treatment, lopsided appointments and unfavourable disposition” against their people.
According to them, “as law abiding citizens, our intention to air our misgiving is founded upon our firm belief that every citizen of the state irrespective of tribe, creed or ideological leaning should be accorded equal treatment. And when scenarios that bear the imprints of bias present themselves, we will not hesitate to speak against it.
“To us doing so is in exercise of our fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution of Nigeria. We also wish to state categorically that our intentions here are in defense of issues that border around the perceived threats to the social, economic and political interests of the good people of Tangale Waja region and the Christians faithful; nothing more, nothing less.
“To this end we wish to condemn in very strong terms the continuing marginalization and unfair treatment of the Tangale Waja political bloc and the Christian faithful, and to call on His Excellency as a father to all in the state to, as a matter of urgency, look into these issues raised below, and to address them expeditiously, squarely and objectively.”
They also said, “the appointments made by his Excellency upon assumption of office were not only unfair but gravely biased against the collective interest of Tangale Waja and the Christian.
“The appointments which comprised key members of the state Executive Council namely, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Head of Civil Service, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Principal Private Secretary (PPS) and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity had only two from Tangale Waja (the SSG& a member of the Media team) and out of the two only one is a Christian.
“In view of the overwhelming support and goodwill enjoyed by the APC from the Gombe South electorate, these appointments therefore clearly demonstrated a failure to appreciate and reciprocate the sacrifices and contributions of the sons and daughters of the Tangale Waja who did all in their power to break free from the manipulative and divisive agenda of the immediate past PDP government.
“In view of the events unfolding in our judicial arm of government, that faith we have demonstrated in the Inuwa led administration has not only been betrayed but has been taken for granted by the covert actions of the government to keep marginalizing and relegating the people of Tangale Waja and the Christian faithful to the background of irrelevance in state affairs.
“Today it is no longer news that certain entrenched forces within the administration are bent on denying Justice Beatrice from assuming the position of the Chief Judge of the state. And for all intent and purpose their actions and clandestine moves have the sanctions and blessings of His Excellency.
“Her removal on the flimsy excuses that she cannot be reappointed according to constitutional provisions after the expiration of her three-month tenure in acting capacity has been put to a lie by the reappointment of Justice Muazu Pindiga whose acting tenure also expired on the 4th of March, 2020.” The statement added.
The statement further said, “in light of this therefore, we the YOUTH CAN of Billiri LGA condemned in strong terms the attitude of the state Government towards the interests of the people of Tangale Waja and shall through lawful means demand for justice for our people.
“As such we have agreed to show our dissatisfaction by declaring that today, 9-3-2020. all Christian youths in Billiri LGA to assemble at CAN Centre Billiri dressed in black and to call on the government to look into our complain and grievances.
“We also wish to declare that on 14-3-2020 all Christian youths in Billiri local government are to pray and fast, put on black dresses to our churches to register our displeasure with what is happening in Gombe.
“We wish to state categorically that Gombe State belongs to all of us and we shall stand to demand justice for everyone irrespective of sex, tribe or religion.”