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Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna state Governor

A northern Christian elder and former Secretary of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Revd Joseph Hayab, has urged Governor Nasir El-Rufai to desist from promoting hate-speeches capable of further plunging the state and the nation into further crisis.

The clergy, in a statement yesterday, said the tenure of the governor since the past three and half years in Kaduna State had been marked with controversial policies and hate-speeches, which have set the state backward.He, therefore, urged him to promote good governance and unity of the country at large.

Besides, Hayab specifically criticised the governor over the hate-speeches being promoted in the state and against the running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi.He said: “Happenings in our dear Kaduna State for over three years now, especially some recent statements by the governor, have compelled me to speak as a citizen and a stakeholder who believes in the unity and diversity of Nigeria. It seems that Governor El-Rufai takes pleasure in making bad and inciting comments about others but unable to bear or reason that his leadership style is worst than that of those he is quick to accuse.

“When some Christian leaders years back complained about how he made mockery of Jesus on his Twitter page, it seemed then that they deliberately accused him of such a recklessness for political reasons, but little did we realise that such inflammatory comments were El-Rufai’s trademarks.

“For instance, since El-Rufai became the Governor of Kaduna State, many of his utterances have been either to insult or denigrate some individuals or group of people. In fact, his recent tweet accusing Mr. Peter Obi of being ‘’a tribal bigot’’ clearly shows that the governor needs to go and look at himself in the mirror.”

“Although I am not from South-East Nigeria, but a visit to Awka and meeting people on the streets of Onitsha shows that the man El-Rufai wants Nigerians to believe is a bigot led Anambra State with an exemplary leadership style of tolerance and the promotion of peaceful co-existence unlike El-Rufai who has polarised Kaduna State with divisive actions and inciting utterances.

“My candid advice is that he should stop pointing fingers at others.”and, instead, take a hard look at the mirror as his utterances, poor political equations and decisions have heightened suspicion and distrust, a development that is condemnable and unfortunate.



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