Denying Kwankwaso Eagle Square sends wrong message about Nigeria’s democracy-Saraki
London, August 29, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’sSenate President Bukola Saraki has condemned the last minute cancellation of the approval granted Rabiu Kwankwaso to use the Eagle Square for his 2019 presidential declaration.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Mr Saraki stated that the “Eagle Square belongs to all Nigerians.”
He added that the cancellation sends a wrong message about the tolerance level in our politics.
“The refusal to allow Senator Kwankwaso to utilize the Eagle Square for his Presidential declaration, despite an earlier approval, sends a wrong message about our democracy, particularly the tolerance level in our politics.
“That square belongs to all Nigerians because it was built with public funds. We hope this is not what we will be seeing as we approach the 2019 General Elections,” the Senate President was quoted as saying.
The management of Eagles Square on Tuesday wrote Mr Kwankwaso to inform him of their decision to revoke an initial approval granting the venue for his presidential declaration slated for Wednesday.
Nigerian media reported how the approval was initially granted and payment made before the controversial revocation.
Mr Kwankwaso, a former Kano governor, consequently moved his formal declaration to the Chida hotel in Abuja.