Northern Youth Berates El-Rufai Over Statement On Election Observers

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The Joint Action Committee on Northern Youth Associations, (JACON), has berated Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai over a statement credited to him, saying it is condemnable, a call to violence and veiled threat to all peace loving people.
El-Rufai, had during a live programme on a national television threatened the lives of international election observers who try to interfere in the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria.
A statement signed by the Convener of JACON, Murtala Abubakar, made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Thursday, said that the recent outburst and threat to the International Community, especially election observers by Gov El-Rufai is not surprising.
The statement said; “What is surprising is extending it outside the shore of Kaduna and Nigeria, targeting the International Community who are interested in fair, transparent, credible and peaceful elections in Nigeria.
“This is not new. But as northern youth, we have resolved not to be drawn into any act that will lead to loss of lived and property in Kaduna State, the region or the nation as a whole.
“For the record, Governor El-Rufai is no stranger to such inflammatory statement meant to stock embers of discord and results in violence. But we have seen through his veiled calls to violence.
“El-Rufai is known to have called the opposition in Kaduna termites and ants and should be crushed. He has asked those who asked questions on his style of scotch earth leadership to climb Kufena Hill and jump to their deaths.
“The most recent and bizarre was his allusion to a religious icon; the celebrated and revered Catholic leader, The Pope. That statement was meant to infuriate the Catholics and Christians to cause religious conflict. But we thank the Christian community for their restrain and the show of maturity by not playing into the hands of the governor.
“Nigeria, like the governor said in this last infamous interview on a national television has been involved in other countries to ensure they have a peaceful and credible elections. What is wrong to ensure Nigeria does same with other countries as observers.
“El-Rufai’s statement that “those that are calling for anyone to intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person to come and intervene. They would go back in body bags because nobody would come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country” is unfortunate, condemnable, a call to violence and veiled threat to all peace loving people.
“We use this opportunity to call on the security agencies to ensure the protection of lives and property before, during and after the forthcoming elections. We also urge the international and the election observers not to bow to threats such as the one coming from Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.
“We call on all to remain steadfast, not to bow to intimidation, not to play into the hands of people like El-Rufai whose plan is to throw the state and the nation into another round of bloodletting. We shall triumph over those who don’t want to see us in peace.”

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