A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has deplored moves by the state government to create doubts about his citizenship of the state.
In a statement on Wednesday, the El-Rufai Campaign Organisation, said rather than face serious issues of governance confronting it, the Peoples Democratic Party-led government and its rulers had desperately gone comical by focusing on his roots.
The organisation, in the statement by its Director of Media, Mohammed Soba, said it recalled that the government spent last weekend accusing Mr. El-Rufai, a former Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, of funding one of the PDP governorship aspirants in the state and now followed it up by assuming the temerity and authority to decide his identity for him.
It said, “Having been stung by his critique of their poor performance in Kaduna State, they decided on a ridiculous way to stem the negative assessments: simply declare El-Rufai a non-indigene of Kaduna State in the vain hope to thereby nullify the criticism. And pronto, the PDP simply decreed that El-Rufai is from Katsina State.”
Stating though that it would “not dignify their backwardness save to set the record straight,” the organisation, however, explained that Mr. El-Rufai was born in the ancient city of Zaria and therefore an indigene of the state.
It said, “Malam Nasir El-Rufai was born to Malam Ahmad Rufai, from Zaria. His oldest brother, Air Vice Marshall Ali Rufai (rtd), enlisted in the Nigerian armed forces as an indigene of Zaria. Another older brother, Bashir El-Rufai, had a long career in the federal public service as an indigene of Kaduna State.
“All three El-Rufai brothers are listed in the Who is Who of Zazzau Emirate, a compendium of renowned sons and daughters of Zaria. Alhaji Nuhu Bamalli, the first Zaria indigene to be appointed a federal minister, was an uncle to El-Rufai’s father, and was a well-respected Magajin Garin Zazzau.”
The organisation also noted that when Mr. El-Rufai served as the Director General of the BPE and as Minister of the FCT, there was no question of his status as a Kaduna man.
It explained that prior to joining the public service, the governorship aspirant had established his fledgling Quantity Surveying firm in Kaduna since 1982, after completing primary, secondary and university education within the state.
It said now that his bid to serve as Kaduna governor is gathering momentum, they shame themselves anew.
“They are exposing themselves badly enough as masters of division, pettiness and falsehood,” the campaign organisation said.
“They are well-known as specialists in separating people along faultlines, be they ethnic, religious and regional, and they are unrelenting in setting so-called settlers against indigenes.
“A spectre is obviously haunting them, and they are running from pillar to post. But their daydream will deliver nothing, for comedy never trumps reality.”
The organisation also said Mr. El-Rufai would be offering a positive alternative to the people of Kaduna State and that the people found him credible because he is a man that has made a success of every public office he has held.
It stated that the aspirant is engaging with and mobilising the people of Kaduna State for a mighty effort of change, stressing, “That is a most worthy focus.”