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Is El-Rufai deliberately inciteful?

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Is El-Rufai deliberately inciteful?

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El Rufai, has received backlash for comments he made to the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, on the internet over the weekend.

Backstory: The Kaduna State Governor took to his Twitter account to share an account of how Peter Obi stopped him from moving around Anambra State during the governorship election in that was held in the State in 2010.

El-Rufai, in response to another tweet about how Obi bundled and expelled northerners from Anambra State, referred to Peter Obi as a “tribal bigot.”

Obi’s response:  “What His Excellency, Gov. Nasir Ahmad El Rufai said about me has been brought to my attention. I believe that as we grow older and are saddled with more responsibilities, we are expected to become circumspect in our thinking and avoid recklessness in our speeches and utterances. I am aware that during the said election he referred to, security agents merely restricted his movement  because he had no business being in Anambra as I would not have been in Kaduna on an election day.”

PDP’s response by party spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan: “Governor El-Rufai should not attempt to export the kind of inciting and inflammatory statements that have led to conflagration and bloodletting in his Kaduna State to our national political firmament. From El-Rufai’s comment, Nigerians now know those behind the series of smear campaigns and spurious allegations against our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi.”

Several others have responded to El-Rufai’s statement. Most notably, the former Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. John Hayab; and former aide to the former President, Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri.
Bottom Line: El-Rufai was recently in the news for his choice of a fellow Muslim as his running mate for the 2019 general elections in the religiously diverse Kaduna state.
It is difficult to tell if El-Rufai’s actions and statement are calculated and thus intended to draw certain reactions, or, if it just comes naturally to him.

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