Following the rumors of frequent abductions and various crime activities happening along Abuja –Kaduna expressway, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has advised travellers and Nigerians to ignore the statements made by the Nigeria senate, as the road is now safe for travel.
El-Rufai stated this when he spoke to state house journalists after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
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On Wednesday May 8th, the senate had labeled the Abuja-Kaduna highway “the most dangerous road in Africa” due to the ongoing kidnappings and armed bandits operating on the expressway.
During their meeting, the Kaduna central senatorial district Senator, Shehu Sani, who contributed to motion of discussion, spoke on the crucial need to increase the number of coaches on the Abuja-Kaduna railway line. He went further to label the highway as one of the most dangerous in Africa. Contributing to this statement, Senator James added that, the road is not one of the most dangerous roads but the riskiest in Africa.
While dismissing the Senate’s comment concerning the road, the Kaduna state governor El-Rufa’i remarked:
“If you believe everything that comes out of the Nigeria Senate you will have serious mental health problems. There are things that are said there that are just for the gallery, for the media. I don’t know what statistics that were used to determine that the Abuja-Kaduna road is the most dangerous road anywhere – I like fact; I like using figures, I wish the people that said that could produce figures.”
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The governor went further to state that no matter what anyone says regarding the road, he is assuring Nigerians that the road is very safe now and the measures and efforts put in by various security agencies will be sustained. He added that, though he is not guaranteeing anyone of absolute safety because only God can guarantee that, but he, as the governor of Kaduna state, is saying so with good confidence because he drives on that road.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, had once added that the aforementioned road is safe and vacant of criminals, though continuing stories paint a different picture.
Nigerians, in general, are not convinced by the affirmation from Kaduna governor. You can easily see these comments beneath the news in public forums:
People won't be easily convinced by what the governor said
Some even challenge the governor to drive through the highway alone at night while others mention previous abductions on the road.
The public will only be persuaded by the implementation of effective safety measures on the road
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