Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has dismissed recent reports on social media that he was involved in a ghastly car crash which allegedly put him in a critical state, and claimed the life of a member of his staff.
Backstory: The stories had claimed that the governor was on his way back from Kano when the incident happened, resulting in the death of his driver, while he was in a critical condition. In a tweet via his verified handle that was linked to his Facebook page, the re-elected governor said that there was no truth to the viral story, as he was well and safe.
KADUNA UPDATE: I woke up after a rare 8-hour bout of deep sleep to learn that some bigotry-driven, PDP-affiliated fake news platform has declared my driver dead and my humble self in coma. Both claims are false. I… https://t.co/heirO0q40p
— Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (@elrufai) March 14, 2019
“I woke up after a rare 8-hour bout of deep sleep to learn that some bigotry-driven, PDP-affiliated fake news platform has declared my driver dead and my humble self in coma,” he said. “Both claims are false. I thank them for reducing the days in their lives and adding them to mine. I remain their permanent nightmare and not about to disappear from their wretched and corrupt lives any time soon by the Grace of Almighty Allah, until they are permanently retired and buried.”
Reaction from el-Rufai’s Camp: The Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Communications, Muyiwa Adekeye, in his own statement, explained that the story was baseless as the governor had not even embarked on any recent trip to Kano state.
Reacting via Twitter, Adekeye said, “The hatred that moves people to peddle lies, concoct rumors of accidents and try to pass off their ill-will as Cod’s doing is a burden on those who have permitted reason to exit their minds and have given their hearts to a constricting narrowness.
“While Mallam Nasir el-Rufai was at post-election receptions in Kaduna on Sunday night, some liars placed him in Kano. Now they are spreading tales that he was involved in a fatal accident. Hatred is not a political strategy!”