The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has slammed former Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai for making a contentious statement about the significance of religion in the Kaduna governorship race in 2023.
Recall that in a 5:43 video trending on social media, El-Rufai justified his choice of Muslims to occupy top positions in the Kaduna State Government over Christians, claiming that Muslims voted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the last election.
Nasir El-Rufai stated in the video that Muslim supremacy in Kaduna State governance is here to stay. He further stated that the national trend has been reproduced with the election of Bola Tinubu as president.
El-Rufai’s statement has been met with criticism from the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). CAN have described El-Rufai as a “confused and drowning man” who is seeking attention and relevance after leaving office.
The General Secretary of CAN in the nineteen northern states and the FCT, Sunday Oibe, has urged Nigerians and Christians not to take seriously the controversial statement made by former Kaduna State governor Nasir El-Rufai. He described El-Rufai as a manipulative character who uses religion to divide the people.
Oibe accused El-Rufai of dividing the people of Kaduna along fault lines during his eight-year tenure as governor. He also asked President Bola Tinubu not to trust El-Rufai with any post in his government, noting that the former governor has a penchant for betraying his benefactors at the end of the day.
Finally, Oibe warned President Tinubu and the Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, not to follow in El-Rufai’s footsteps by ensuring that they reunite all parts of the country.