The Kaduna state governor, Nasir el-Rufai has lashed out at those criticizing him over threats he issued to foreigners regarding the forthcoming elections.
El-Rufai, during an interview on NTA on Tuesday, warned that anybody who comes to intervene in the affairs of Nigeria will go back in “body bags”.
This is in reaction to the recent statements made by foreign representatives, UK, US and EU on the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.
The comment had generated a lot of controversies, with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) calling on the international community to immediately impose travel ban on el-Rufai.
However, El-Rufai, in a statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, his spokesman, on Wednesday, said there was nothing bad about the utterance he made.
He said, “When Malam Nasir El-Rufai appeared on NTA’s Tuesday Night Live, he made comments every patriot can understand. He stood up for Nigeria’s dignity in the wake of those who would traduce their country and reduce it to the status of a colony in their vain quest for power.
“The video of his comments is in circulation. Any fair-minded person with modest familiarity with the English language and unimpaired comprehension can understand it. It does not contain any call for violence. What it is a powerful defence of sovereignty. Are some sections of our political class implying that they will acquiesce in or collaborate with foreign intervention in our country?
“Affirming that a country will defend itself against needless intervention is the kind of statement you expect to hear from a patriot. It is not a call for violence. Warning about the consequences of meddling in another country’s affairs is legitimate,” he said.”Malam Nasir El-Rufai has issued a powerful call for vigilance and a clear notice that other countries should not mistake the supine posture of the opposition for national weakness.
“El-Rufai has stood firmly against those who have been trying to divide Nigerians on ethnic and religious lines. He is resolutely opposed to violence, and firmly committed to peace and harmony.”