From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Coalition of Civil Society Organizations yesterday protested on major Streets of Kaduna what they described as victimization of Ninzo Women leader, Mrs. Christiana Musa for allegedly leading a protest during Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero’s visit to the area. Speaking after the protest, the leader of the coalition, Barr Gloria Balason said Mrs Christiana who did not organized neither participated in the protest, was queried and without hearing her response, was transferred as Director of Health in Jema’a LGA to Birnin Gwari LGA the same day without portfolio. “Instead of government officials to take the immediate corrective measures to appease the protesting women over the killings by providing basic needs and improved security, they have decided to hold one innocent woman as scape-goat for their failures. Mrs. Christiana E. Musa, an indigene of Sanga LG and Head of Health Department, Jema’a LG, was issued a query dated 25th September, 2014.
The query was signed by the Director of Administration, Promotion and Discipline, Kaduna State Local Government Service Commission, Sadiq A. Iyal.
In the letter, the government claimed that, she participated in the protest staged against the governor, which “caused a lot of embarrassment to the governor and his entourage, it equally contravened section 17(1)(a)(1) – general misconduct to the scandal of the public of the Unified Local Government Service Staff Regulation(2012).” “As if that gross abuse of her Fundamental Human Right, which she did not even exercise, was not enough, the government served her a punitive letter in the same breath. She was removed from her post as Head of Health and transferred to Birnin Gwari LGA, without assigning her any portfolio. In their desperation to “teach her a bitter lesson” and to suppress any one from expressing dissent, they were not patient enough to wait for her to answer her query and the normal process of meting out penalties followed,” the group said. “In a dramatic arm twisting of the Civil Service Rule, Mrs. Christiana E. Musa was simultaneously issued both the query and transfer letters the same day, which violated the extant of the Civil Service Rule in every sense of the word because she was supposed to be given time to answer the query for fair hearing,” the group added. The coalition said they will have no option than to seek legal action in no distance time if such ‘illegality’ and unfair treatment is not reversed