A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Plateau state, Samuel Kwamkur, expressed concern on Sunday about the statements made by the former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai. Kwamkur, a former National Director of the Christian Association of Nigeria, cautioned El-Rufai against making remarks that could provoke unrest in Nigeria.
Kwamkur’s remarks came during a press conference held in Jos on Sunday. He was responding to alleged statements made by El-Rufai, where the former Kaduna governor purportedly claimed that Islamic dominance, similar to that in Kaduna, had been successfully replicated in Nigeria and would continue.
According to Kwamkur, El-Rufai also allegedly stated that during election campaigns, when questioned about the Muslim/Muslim ticket, he misled Christians by denying any intention of religious dominance, while the reality was that both national and state-level tickets were intended for Islamic domination.
Kwamkur claimed that a viral video on social media captured El-Rufai further declaring that the victory of Bola Tinubu had silenced the Christian Association of Nigeria, and he vowed to sustain an Islamic-dominated government not only in Kaduna State but throughout Nigeria for 20 years and beyond.
Expressing his disappointment with El-Rufai’s statements, Kwamkur argued that the former governor’s classification of citizens as ‘them’ versus ‘us’ implicated him in the violence, destruction of Christian places of worship, and killings in Kaduna.
Kwamkur found it surprising that El-Rufai, who was considered for high-ranking positions in the government, had transformed into a “confirmed religious bigot” with a hidden agenda to use religion as a means to destroy the country.
He advised El-Rufai not to manipulate his words to mislead Nigerians into believing that President Bola Tinubu’s electoral victory was solely aimed at Islamizing Nigeria.
Kwamkur, previously one who discouraged the belief that Tinubu’s Muslim/Muslim ticket was part of an Islamization agenda, expressed his concern upon hearing such statements from a political leader like El-Rufai, who is closely associated with Tinubu and Shettima and was even considered for significant government positions. This confirmation, according to Kwamkur, revealed the existence of a hidden agenda that needs to be taken into account.
“In the said address, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai spoke like one of the religious bigots that have been working underground to set the nation on fire. Amongst his ill-motivated statements which I can only paraphrase for now, El-Rufai confirmed that he is a leader of the Islamic terrorist group operating in the Sambisa forest, albeit disguising himself as a governor in a complex nation like Nigeria.”
“Firstly, El-Rufai, in his speech, wondered why he should give ‘them’ a deputy governor when most of ‘them’ cannot vote for his party. That he calculated and discovered ‘we’ can win an election without ‘them’; hence why give ‘them’ a deputy? From El-Rufai’s classification of the citizens of his state as ‘them’ versus ‘us,’ one needs no angel to tell you that he cannot be exonerated from the wanton killings, demolition of houses and places of worship of Christians in Kaduna. Secondly, Mallam El-Rufai further stated that Islamic dominance of government in Nigeria will bring peace, Justice, and fair play. He assured the gathering that he will sustain an Islamic-dominated government for 20 years and unending.
“This outburst reiterates his extreme fanaticism and displays his ignorance of what constitutes Justice, equity, and fair play. Discrimination, ethnic profiling, and all genocidal attempts to consume a race or religion constitute injustice and are recipes for anarchy and crisis.
“Thirdly, he told his audience that in the course of the electioneering campaigns, when “they” tried to ask questions on why the Muslim/Muslim Ticket, he deceives ‘them’ that it is not for religious dominance but in reality the tickets both nationally and at the state level were for Islamic dominance.
“He boasted that the Islamic dominance in Kaduna has been successfully replicated in Nigeria, and it shall continue. He said further that the victory of Asiwaju has silent the Christian Association of Nigeria.
“The question is: is it only Muslims that voted for Asiwaju? Who voted for Atiku and Peter Obi? I guess it was only Christians! How could a sitting governor, former minister of the Federal Republic, and a potential key government appointee be this callous and insensitive? I recall in one of my visits to a friend in Kaduna, he expressed his views about Mallam El-Rufai” s involvement in the killings in Kaduna, and I kept arguing that he should be given the benefit of the doubt, but watching El-Rufai address the Muslim Umma, I have no doubt in my mind that Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is one of those behind the unending religious crisis and insecurity in Nigeria.”
The former CAN official added, “For the record, Christianity does not practice deception as a principle or mode of operation. The Holy Bible admonishes Christians to say the truth at all times. Christians are also taught unconditional love regardless of religion, region and background. In the Christian faith, the Holy Book frowns against religious discrimination and dominance. The definition of Justice, equity, and fairness is hinged on providing platforms for the involvement of all, regardless of their population, religion, and tribe.
“We also believe that God is the giver of life and power; he gives to whoever He wishes and takes it at the time He so wishes. Hence boasting of any sort is an open challenge to God’s sovereignty. Being a member of the Nigeria Interreligious Council (NIREC), I have closely interfaced with respected Islamic leaders of high repute and found out that there are Muslim leaders, unlike Mallam El-Rufai, who are deeply concerned about the peace, development, and growth of Nigeria without pretense.
“Truly speaking El-Rufai is a setback to the peace process that NIREC has been battling with in the midst of religious upheavals. Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has exhibited blatant misuse of the trust that God gave him and confirmed that he is an extremist who has largely contributed to the pains of the very people he took an oath to protect in the guise of working for his religion.”
He urged the former governor to use the NIREC platform to promote unity.
“One would expect El-Rufai to take advantage of such meetings to discuss the achievements of his government in developing the state and taking his people out of poverty and insecurity but ney! He wants to be celebrated as a religious hero and a Jihadist of high repute. How can our nation grow with this kind of leader in authority? Let it be known to all Nigerians that those of us Christians who supported His Excellency Bola Ahmed Tinubu did so out of sincere hope that both himself and his Vice will work to ensure the sustainable development of Nigeria through their policies, experience, and exposure.
“It should be known that we did not vote Tinubu out of El-Rufai” s deception (Taqiya) as he claimed! It should be made known to El-Rufai that against his wild imagination of achieving an Islamisation agenda through the dominance and persecution of Christians, Christianity grows better in persecution and supposed dominance. We shall continue to preach inclusiveness, equity, and fair play in the true sense of these words. We shall never practice deception to cling to power. No! It is against our faith! May I use this medium to invite Mallam El-Rufai to study the nature of our God in the Book of Esther, especially Chapters 6 & 7, where Haman’s plot to end the lives of the Israelites ended up consuming his own life.
“For El-Rufai to think that the Asiwaju vote is a victory for Islam is very unfortunate and speaks volumes of his kind of bigotry. His outburst has destroyed the remaining respect he enjoyed from patriotic Nigerians. We call on Asiwaju to be mindful of friends, associates, and politicians like El-Rufai who seek to work with him as they will do more harm to the system and the nation, and nothing good can come out of such. May I also use this medium to call on our governors in Nigeria, particularly our Northern governors, to truly work towards removing our battered citizens from poverty, insecurity, and the like and ensure the provision of good healthcare and other benefits of good governance, rather than to dwell on preaching hate and religious and tribal differences. I call on our leaders to show the citizens the number of people they have empowered instead of the number of lives and property they have destroyed, as is happening in Kaduna. I believe that God shall continue to expose the wolves in sheep’s clothing amongst Nigerians.”