Many Nigerians were shocked to find out that Malam Nasir Elrufai, the Governor of Kaduna state, instigated the arrest of Audu Maikori, Nigeria’s version of Jay Z and the CEO of Chocolate City, a man who has made many stars including Africa’s number one rapper, MI Abaga.
What is Maikori’s crime in Elrufai’s eyes? That he erroneously tweeted false information that he had been by his driver who misled him for the purpose of obtaining financial favours from him.
When Maikori realized he had been duped, he immediately apologized. But that was not enough for his Governor. He was accused of incitement because of his tweets!
But the thing is that the Elrufai that is now so sanctimonious is actually by far guiltier than Audu Maikori in what he accuses him of. In fact, Elrufai is the grandfather of making false and inciting comments on Twitter and other social media platforms and I will prove it.
On November 25, 2014, Nasir El-Rufai, the current Governor of Kaduna State, in a tweet questioned whether then President Goodluck Jonathan was traveling to Chad to plot attacks with the Chadian President.
On September 8, 2014 Elrufai, via a tweet accused then President Jonathan of funding Christians who masquerade as Boko Haram and accused the then President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of being the commander of the so called Christian Boko Haram. On the same day he also tweeted that pastor Ayo had been paid ₦50 billion and a jet for the purpose of his Christian Boko Haram whose purpose was to “tarnish the name of Islam”.
On July 24, 2014 Elrufai, via another tweet, accused then President Jonathan of meeting with his terrorists from Nasarawa state. On January 2, 2014, Elrufai alleged that he was number 6 on a list of politicians to be assassinated by then President Jonathan. He also claimed that the current President, Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi were on that list.
On November 9, 2013, as then President knelt praying to his God, Elrufai tweeted a picture of the President and said (and I quote) “many prayers of the lazy, docile, incompetent, clueless, hopeless, useless leader!”
On July 15, 2012, shortly after then President Jonathan had issued an Executive Order to the military to fish out killer Fulani herdsmen that had turned some parts of Plateau state to a theater of war, Elrufai tweeted the following:
“We will write this for all to read. Anyone, soldier or not that kills the Fulani takes a loan repayable one day no matter how long it takes.”
On January 28, 2013, this same Elrufai had tweeted thus:
“If Jesus criticises Jonathan’s government, Maku, Abati or Okupe will say that he slept with Mary Magdalene”.
On October 2, 2010, Elrufai posted on facebook the lie that the Jonathan administration had spent 64 billion Naira celebrating Independence Anniversaries during its time in office. His exact words were as follows:
“This is the APC/PMB change we voted for. Independence anniversary expenditure for the past five years: 2011 – N13bn; 2012 -N15bn; 2013 – N14bn; 2014 – N22bn; 2015 N70 million”
Well, a Freedom of Information request was made by activists to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and even though this administration hates the guts of former President Jonathan, they were forced to admit that Nasir Elrufai lied and that the Jonathan administration spent only N333, 600, 000 for four years to hold independence day celebrations. An amount that is less than 1% of what Elrufai claimed was spent.
As I write this to you, Nasir Elrufai HAS NOT apologized for shy of these strings of lies!
Yet, this is the same Elrufai that has now instigated the arrest of Audu Maikori for allegedly inciting the public by spreading lies. This is the biggest act of HYPOCRISY I have seen and I urge you my readers to individually Google these tweets and facebook posts. Do not take my word for it.
When a man who has a history of falsely attributing such deviousness to Christians (as he did with his September 18, 2014 tweet accusing Christians of being behind Boko Haram) becomes Governor of a state, should we be surprised at the fate that has been visited upon the Christian people of Southern Kaduna?
If you can believe that Christians were behind Boko Haram to “tarnish the name of Islam” as he himself tweeted, who can tell what he would do to get revenge on them when he finds himself in a position to do so as Governor?
If without power Nasir Elrufai showed open bias for the Fulani people as he did in his tweet of July 15, 2012, can any reasonable person expect him to be objective while he is in power? That would be like expecting a man who cannot keep his hands off a woman when he is dating her to become chaste with her after he has married her. It is not possible!
Knowing the manipulative tendencies of Nasir Elrufai and his Machiavellian, the end justifies the means approach to power, I will not be surprised if he starts sponsoring articles against me as a Fulani hater, so let me be preemptive.
I love the Fulani. They are perhaps the most beautiful Black people on planet earth. I am now a pastor and have been faithfully married for the last thirteen years to the same woman who I expect to stay married to until Jesus returns or I die, but before then I was in a relationship with a Fulani from Taraba state. I do not need to go into too much detail but suffice it to say that I did what most young people would do in a relationship (this was before I re-dedicated my life to Christ).
In the course of that relationship, I visited and spent time in Taraba, in Gembu and Nguroje to be specific. My time was spent with a beautiful clan of Fulani people who would not have minded having me as an in-law. They taught me some Fulfulde and I remember them and my time with them with nostalgia. I still have pictures from that time.
There is no way I could have gotten so close to the Fulani and even contemplated becoming their in-law if I did not and do not admire them.
Moreover, perhaps my best friend while I was in Law School (1999-2000) was Abbas Ibrahim, a pure Fulani from Maradun in Zamfara state who now works in the Federal Ministry of Justice, Abuja.
This article is not targeting the Fulani. No. rather, it is identifying one of them who has, perhaps more than anybody else in Nigeria today, sown seeds of discord, hate and division by his words, actions and writing.
Nasir Elrufai is not an example for Fulatanci and this may explain why he tries so hard to show loyalty to virtues and traits that are a gift to the well brought up Fulani I have come to know and respect intimately. His Pulako is doing great harm to the Fulani Peoples of Nigeria.
Finally, let me end this piece by saying that I was so glad to hear President Muhammadu Buhari’s voice as he spoke to Governor Ganduje of Kano state the other day. I hope by this call, people can leave the man to “rest” in London and not disturb him with their eye service visits to him.
To those who have done so and to others who are contemplating doing so, I hope and pray you get treated like the Guardian Newspaper reporter who was almost arrested when the residents of Abuja House (President Buhari’s current residence) called the police to help get rid of him. But just in case you do not get arrested, permit me to write a new version of an Old Nursery Rhyme for you.
Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat Where Have You Been?
I’ve Been to London to See The Queen
Sycophant, Sycophant, Where Have You Been?
I’ve Been to London to See Buhari!
Omokri is the founder of the Mind of Christ Christian Center in California, author of Shunpiking: No Shortcuts to God and Why Jesus Wept and the host of Transformation with Reno Omokri