Kaduna, 07 June, 2023 / 9:55 pm (ACI Africa).
Remarks that the immediate former governor of Nigeria’s Kaduna State made in a viral video are not based on facts, Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a UK-based human rights foundation that advocates for the upholding and protection of the right to freedom of religion or belief, has said.
In the just under 6-minute video that has been translated and transcribed, former governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai who was addressing his successor, Uba Sani, and a group of Muslim clerics in Kaduna State following the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party for the governorship election seeks to justify the securing of Muslim dominance in key political sectors in the Nigerian State over the years, including the adoption of Muslim-Muslim tickets for governor and president.
Since 2019, Mr. El-Rufai who was speaking in Hausa says, the development realized in Kaduna State regardless of people’s political and religious affiliations proves the effectiveness of “a government that has a Muslim as governor, a Muslim as deputy governor, a Muslim as SSG (secretary of state government), a Muslim as chief of staff, (and) a Muslim as finance commissioner.”
Mr. El-Rufai admits, in the video, that “of course, we consider the religious aspect but I can’t say that,” and in an attempt to justify the Muslim dominance poses, “But what I am saying is who is being oppressed?”
In a Tuesday, June 6 report, CSW faults the immediate former governor of Kaduna State, saying, “In reality, predominantly Christian southern Kaduna experienced a significant rise in armed attacks during El-Rufai’s eight years in office, with thousands killed, thousands more displaced, and hundreds of villages destroyed, occupied by militia or too dangerous to approach.”