Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hajia Hadiza Balarabe has been criticised for making a show of helping to put out a fire that engulfed the Government Girls Secondary School (GGSS), Kawo in Kaduna on Friday.
Two dormitories – Nana House and Khadija House – were razed in the fire incident. All the student mattresses and provision stuff in the dormitories were said to have been burnt completely.
But in a video now circulating on social media, Balarabe can be seen carrying a bucket of water to help put out the raging fire while the fire service was allegedly being expected.
The deputy governor, who is decked in a white flowing gown, is surrounded by her security detail while some aides film her rushing to the scene.
The deputy governor of Kaduna fetching water herself yesterday in GGSS Kawo trying to put out fire b4 d arrival of fire brigade. The fire burned down two hostels. Kudos 👍👍 to Her Excellency for that concern. Another Zulum in Kd Harmattan pic.twitter.com/fEg4hMzEsj
— Jikan Tanko (@abu_jikantanko) February 8, 2020
However, some Nigerians who saw the video were unimpressed by her seeming show of concern.
According to those who commented, Balarabe’s action was a mere showmanship aimed at scoring cheap political points.
They said the deputy governor could have achieved more if she sat in her official vehicle and ordered her security detail to join in putting out the fire.
Read comments monitored on Twitter:
If not for stupid narrative and camera, a Nigerian politician would be carrying something that heavy while her orderlies would be walking majestically after her like that and none of them offered to help. This is dead on arrival!
— Ondo First Born® (@OndoFirstBorn) February 9, 2020
Mediocres practicing mediocrity at the highest level. Madam fetching water while aides are walking majestically & filming. Maybe, the fire would've caused lesser damages if everyone helped rather than get involved in useless show of unfathomable "high service". Kaduna propaganda!
— blackguy (@Idomaboy147) February 9, 2020
This is the slowest emergency response I've ever seen in my life 🤣😂
— 'Deolu Corleone || (@McDeeHay) February 9, 2020
We are not serious in this country 😂😂😂😂😂😂 whoever is directing this movie should stop please…
— YOUNGER STATESMAN (@clintnazzy) February 9, 2020