Is Nasir El-Rufai on a mission to murder?
Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has raised a lot of suspicions about what may be his plans for the forthcoming general elections after a statement he made on live television on Tuesday.
Defending the Presidency’s stance on foreign interference in the elections on NTA Live, Mallam El-Rufai said, “Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags, because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country. We got that independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible and we know the history of those countries that are trying to teach us these things. We have read their history.”
The governor may have slipped but Nigerians and surely, the international community is not taken this threat lightly. Here are some of the reactions:
The European Union responds:
Following Mallam El-Rufai’s comments, the European Union (EU) has said that it does not interfere in elections but monitors and analyses. Press Secretary to the EU Observer Mission, Sarah Fradgley put out a statement that reads in part:
“We are aware of the comments by the Governor of Kaduna about non-interference by foreigners during a talk show on the elections Tuesday 5 February. The EU only deploys an election observation mission when it is invited to do so by the authorities of a country.”
“The EU has been invited to observe all of the general elections in Nigeria since 1999. Thus this is the sixth time the EU is observing elections in Nigeria. EU election observation missions give commentary and analysis and make recommendations about the electoral process. EU election observation missions are impartial, do not interfere in the electoral process, and operate according to a strict code of conduct“
It would be unfair not to report the reaction of Governor El-Rufai’s biggest critic, Senator Shehu Sani:
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