Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, says any “foreign power” that intervenes in the general election would return to to their country in body bags.
Speaking during an NTA Live programme on Tuesday evening, el-Rufai said as an independent and sovereign state, Nigeria would never bow to foreign powers.
“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,” he said.
“We are waiting for the person that will come and intervene. They will 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.
“We also know that at their own stages of development, they went through these challenges. So please, let’s work together, let’s advice one another– but don’t lecture us.
Recalling a period when Nigeria had intervened in Sierra Leone and Liberia’s political affairs in the 1990s, he said the interference was as a result of a consensus by the international community and it was also a “gesture of neighbourliness”.
He said foreign countries have been through “though phases” before developing into world powers, adding that Nigeria is trying to run itself as decently as possible.”
The governor’s comments come after Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, said the federal government will not tolerate any foreign interference in the nation’s affairs.
Shehu said that in reaction to criticisms by US, UK and EU following the suspension of Walter Onnoghen, former chief justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Anglo-American duo had also threatened to place travel restrictions on those who incite violence or interfere in proceedings during the elections.
Below is the video of el-Rufai’s comment:
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