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‘He wants to be next Buhari’ — reactions trail el-Rufai’s remark on using religion to win election

‘He wants to be next Buhari’ — reactions trail el-Rufai’s remark on using religion to win election
June 07
21:57 2023

Nasir el-Rufai, former governor of Kaduna, has been criticised on Twitter for boasting about Muslims leading the affairs of the country.

A Twitter user, Will. E, had posted a video where the former governor, flanked by Uba Sani, his successor, is seen addressing a group of Muslims in Hausa after Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was declared winner of the election.

Will. E translated the video and accused el-Rufai and the APC of using religion to win the election.


“Because religion was used that’s why Allah gave Tinubu victory. What we successfully did in Kaduna (Mu-Mu) has now been replicated all over the country. No liar will ever contest as a Christian and win election ever again. Peter Obi tried and you can see where he is today, we’ve done the medicine for that one. Since Asiwaju won the election, CAN has been silent,” Will.E tweeted.

However, TheCable team watched the video and had a different version of the translation below.

“Religion was used, God made Asiwaju victorious. What we did in Kaduna has now been done in the country. No liar who is going to contest using politics of christianity will ever win any election again. Peter Obi tried and see how he ended. We’ve tackled it.”

“Since Asiwaju won the election CAN has been quiet. That is how there will be peace in the country. If this is done again and again and again everything will….. wallahi (swearing) that was what we did. And myself and others, we think we have done our part, Asiwaju has won the election, so our job is done. Our appeal to you is to pray for him to find good people to work with him.”


The post, which has been retweeted more than 2000 and viewed over 500,000 times, has continued to generate reactions on the social media platform.

Adewole Adebayo, presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the last elections, also joined in condemning the statement made by the former governor.

“I condemn the provocative and divisive bigotry inherent in the statements of Governor @elrufai on Islamic dominance of politics in Kaduna and Nigeria. A political agenda founded on ethnicity and religion is anathema to a diverse and plural Nigeria. No to Yes Daddies on all sides,” he tweeted.

In the build-up to the general election, Tinubu, a Muslim from the south-west, had picked Kashim Shettima, a fellow Muslim from the north-east as his running mate. The decision generated controversy.


Both men were declared as the winners of the election.

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