Jonathan's govt plans to arrest me, says El-Rufai

A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory and a leading member of the opposition  Congress for Progressive Change, Nasir El-Rufai,  has alleged the government plans to arrests him when he returns to Nigeria from London on Thursday.

Mr El-Rufai said via his Twitter handle that two reliable sources in the government had informed him that security agents had  concluded arrangements to arrest him at the airport when he returns to the country.

The former minister is scheduled to arrive Nigeria on Thursday via an early morning British Airways flight from London.

He alleged that he is being targeted for harassment and incarceration because of his recent comments on national politics which he said the government perceived as unfavourable.

He said the government plans to arrest him for “exposing their profligacy and genocide,” officially termed “incitement.”

Mr. El-Rufai could not be reached to expatiate on his allegation against the government as calls to his mobile telephone were neither answered nor returned.

But his media consultant, Muyiwa Adekeye, said his client has gotten signals from elements in the administration that the government was uncomfortable with the recent, separate interviews Mr. El-Rufai recently granted PREMIUM TIMES and the BBC.

In the PREMIUM TIMES interview, the former minister predicted that Nigeria might disintegrate before  2015 if the present leadership of the country does not change its ways.

He also said the government had a very low IQ and was incapable of running Nigeria.

In the BBC interview, Mr. El-Rufai accused the federal government of running its own Boko Haram sect with which it was deliberately destabilising the country.

He also alleged that government had been borrowing $1 billion monthly since February 2010 thereby plunging the country into a huge debt trap.

Mr El-Rufai has in the past year assumed the role of Nigeria’s most outspoken opposition leader and has been very critical of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, often backing his criticism with facts.

He has a large social media following and regards himself as “an official rufller of feathers.”

In May 2011, he was arrested by government’s secret police after he published an article about Nigeria’s security budget.

He was questioned and later released the same day.

Watch the PREMIUM TIMES interview with El-Rufai below.

 


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  • Ahmadybello

    Nigeria needs people like him who will bare their minds irrespective of what those in authority feels. There can never be true democracy without the voice of the opposition.

  • Malam Kano

    Malam Nasiru, we are with you because of the believe we have that your criticism of the government is borne out of sincere desire to change Nigeria for the better. Allah will continue to protect you against all evil. you have survived late yaradua’s government onslaught. this cannot be different. God is surely with the righteous people.

  • Biggy

    This ladyboy is going to get what he has coming. The government are to squeamish to give it to him because of their commitment to free speech.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    rubbish. this government is not interested in el rufai. he is a nobody seeking attention. a coward for that matter. when yaradua wanted to deal with him, he ran and never looked back. now he is pretending brave cos jonathan wont hurt a fly.bcos pdp rejected him, he is now pretending to be opposition leader. he is a core pdp man and once a favorable pdp govt comes into power,he will come back and chop. el rufai shd go and attend his cases pending in court. he is fooling only himself. am sure buhari doesnt take him serious. he knows elrufai is a chameloen.

  • adenle

    They should arrest corruption not El Rufai Nasiru.Corruption is the enemy of this country not El Rufai.Corruption is killing us! Corruption caused recent Plane Crash!

  • SGOMWALK

    EL RUFAI HAS A CASE TO ANSWER WITH EFCC.
    WHAT EVER YOUR GAME TO DECEIVE AND HIDE WILL NOT WORK.

    YOU MUST BE DREAMING THAT YOU WILL GET AWAY WITH YOUR PLANS.
    SURRENDER WHEN EFCC CALL FOR YOU.
    THOSE WHO ARE CORRUPT HAVE JOINED THE OPPOSITION HOPING TO MUSTER SUPPORT.
    EL RUFAI, IT WILL NOT WORK.

  • Alex Akinyemi

    Abacha era is back in democracy simply because of secod time agenda. we shall see how far this guy can go, for silensing people because of truth.
    Jonathan you have failed Nigerians with all your cronnies.