Prejudice and vested interest have now emerged as the main factors at play in what can only be described as media harassment of the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sa’adiya Farouk. She is arguably the minister with the most arduous schedule of duty that is constantly engaged in devising and delivering relief and bringing hope by creating opportunities where none exist for the most vulnerable people of this country, at their time of need.
So plain, yet so muddled up by a vicious onslaught of prejudice and vested interest, totally unexpected of professional media practitioners, the Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) displayed its involvement in the vilification of the noble efforts and remarkable successes of Hajia Sa’adiya Farouk to restore sanity and impact in such a critical area of government intervention, under a new structure and in record time.
HURIWA has always hunted with the hounds while running with the hares, due to a nomadic quest for “briefs” that has hijacked the group and falsified its declared mission. You only need to conduct a search of its outings to uncover this unbecoming tendency of HURIWA.
So when HURIWA challenges the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Sadiya Umar Farouq, to fix a date for a public debate to expose alleged widespread corruption in the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) and the school feeding programme, you can see where all the vendetta against her is coming from and why it is so bereft of commonsense, logic, principles and substance. Hajia Sa’adiya Umar Farouk has made her mark as a conscientious, hardworking, result-oriented Minister in the minds of the vulnerable and displaced victims of human and man-made disasters.
At another impactful level, she not only salvaged the comatose N-Power program to provide the Nigerian youths with opportunities to gain skills for employability and entrepreneurship by excellently seeing to its repositioning under a brand new mega-ministry she successfully brought to life, she has opened the doors of opportunity for Batch C enrolees hitherto hoping against hope for years. Posterity will definitely speak louder than propaganda!
Danliti Goga wrote from Kano