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Senator David Umaru

• It’s Cheap Blackmail, Says Aide
A group, the he Niger East Youth Vanguard has accused the senator representing Niger East senatorial district, David Umaru, of religious bias and ethnic sentiments in his delivery of dividends of democracy in the area.

The group, at a press briefing in Minna by its Chairman, Ibrahim Tukura, yesterday said 95 per cent of the scholarship awarded by the senator went to the Christian minority in his constituency, saying: “When given slots for replacement in the federal parastatals, he gives such opportunities to his Christian brothers and sisters, thus discriminating even against the Gabbys, who are Muslims.”

The group also accused the lawmaker of not doing enough to push for the actualisation of the establishment of Hydro Electric Power Producing Development Commission (HYPPADEC), adding: “He had turned deaf ears to the plight of the people living around the bank of River Kaduna, whose land was taken for the construction of the Zungeru Dam.

“The people, mostly Gbagyis, have continued to cry for adequate compensation for their land acquired by the federal government for the construction of the dam.”

The group alleged: “Instead of championing their cause, Umaru has become vindictive and egoistic in his conduct and comments.

“As an elected senator, he has abandoned the people and has since become an Abuja politician, forgetting that next year’s general elections are just around the corner, when the chicken will soon come back home to roost.”

It advised all elected and appointed representatives from the state to come together, since they all got to their current positions under one political umbrella- the All Progressives Congress (APC).

It also counselled the state government, where it is found to be in deficit, to make amends, adding: “The essence of doing this is to bring development closer to the people, as well as foster love and unity.”

Both telephone calls and text messages to the senator’s line were not replied, but an aide, who did not want his name in print, said the senator was “not new to such insinuation and cheap blackmail,” adding: “Just take this campaign office alone, as an example, majority of us here are Muslims, to the extent that there are Christians who complain about that.

“It is all part of 2019; the senator is not bothered. They are faceless agents of provocation and enemies of progress.”


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