Christians in Kaduna State have accused the State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai of making careless, inciting statements with divisive tendencies despite the volatile emotions attached to religious and ethnic issues in the past.
The people under the umbrella of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) questioned the leadership quality of the governor who was said to taking pleasure in making bad and inciting comments about others
A former CAN secretary in Kaduna State Rev John Joseph Hayab said 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.
He said el-Rufai’s 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.
“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.
“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 coexistence unlike el-Rufai who has polarised Kaduna State with divisive actions and inciting utterances.
“My dear Governor, el-Rufai, you cannot go to the social media every now and then making divisive statements about the population of our dear state, only to come back to accuse other Nigerians of being bigots.
“For you to have the moral right to accuse others as bigots you need to check and re-examine yourself in the mirror to ascertain if you are not worst off.
It is public knowledge how you have threatened Shiites, SOKAPU, and even the Nigerian Army aside from those who hold different political views”, he said.
He warned the governor not to assume that the silence of many indigenes of Kaduna State and other well meaning Nigerians on his actions is a sign of weakness or that people are ignorant of the high level of polarisation that his leadership style has brought to Kaduna State.
He further said that from el-Rufai’s utterances and actions, one becomes sceptical if anyone from another part of Nigeria other than the core north could work as Commissioner of Police or Head of DSS in Kaduna without the Governor asking the authorities in Abuja to transfer such with immediate effect.
Warning el-Rufai, he said “my dear Governor, please stop your divisive and distractive statements and actions and look inward to remove the speck from your eyes before attempting to help remove the splinter in others”.
He called on the Governor el-Rufai to concentrate on making Kaduna State peaceful and prosperous by delivering fair, unbiased, and equitable leadership, rather than being at war with almost everyone who holds a differing view from his.
“The undeniable truth is that the Governor’s actions and utterances about people and situations both in the state and elsewhere have further impaired the peace we once enjoyed in Kaduna.
“Going by what one of the Governor’s former bosses once said, it is now glaring how el-Rufai’s temperament and maturity to lead at any level should be questioned.
“My candid advise to the Governor is that he should stop pointing leprous 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”, he added.