Following recent allegations against the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufa, that he tried to instigate a crisis on the eve of the postpod elections by providing false information on the killings in Kajaru Local Government Area of Kaduna state, El-Rufai has now appealed to the public to stop politicizing the killings.
Backstory: In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai vowed that he would stop at nothing to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.
Addressing claims by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Kaduna chapter, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Southern Kaduna’s People Union (SOKAPU), Aruwan stated that the governor had visited the scenes of the incidents to gain proper intel accompanied by security chiefs in the state, before his press briefing on Friday.
“The Kaduna State Government notes the concerted and apparently coordinated efforts by bigoted busybodies to deny the Kajuru killings, or to minimize the casualty figures, and the specious arguments being deployed in this despicable quest. The Kaduna State Government condemns in the strongest terms attempts to politicize the killings.
“Private individuals and unelected actors cannot be allowed to reduce weighty matters of state security to the province of their limited networks, inexperienced lenses and narrow agendas,” he said.
Reiterating government’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protections of its people, the governor further stated that “The government of a state cannot be detained by parochial, ethno-religious, partisan or electoral calculations from doing its duty to provide security, confirm incidents of security breaches, take steps to reassure affected communities and ensure that perpetrators are arrested and brought to justice.”
Bottom Line: El-Rufai’s statement may not be the final word on this issue, because he is being accused of politicising the situation himself, especially with his timing of his announcement on the eve of the polls when most narratives of the even said it happened several days earlier.