The group said that measures and policies he took were unpopular and not in the interest of people in the state.
The elders, arising from an executive meeting in Kaduna, said they resolved to continue advising el-Rufa’i for the state to experience physical and human development.
The elders, in the communiqué signed by their publicity secretary, Alhassan Balarabe Musa, said el-Rufa’i’s promise of making Kaduna great again did not seem to reflect the reality. Kaduna “is now sinking into a quagmire of neglect and inaction,” the communiqué said.
“The people of Kaduna State deserve better than what is being given to them now and the sooner the governor realizes that the better. He should, therefore, change his gear now.”
The communiqué alleged that civil servants and pensioners have been in agony due to what it called “endless verifications exercise,” resulting in the withholding of salaries for many months.
It expressed displeasure with the appointment of non-indigenes into key positions in the state, saying that might be in accordance with el-Rufa’i’s’ refusal to distinguish between indigenes and citizens.
“It could, therefore, be seen that Governor el-Rufa’i is walking a tight rope in Kaduna State, high above his people, totally indifferent about their aspiration, hopes for obtaining dividend of democracy they have toiled hard to install.”