Stop hate speeches, Obi tells El Rufai

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The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Peter Obi, on Saturday 10 November asked Gov. Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State to stop making inflammatory statements that could incite hate amongst Nigerians.

Obi was reacting to El Rufai’s tweet that he, Obi, is “a tribal bigot.”

El Rufai had tweeted that Obi stopped him from moving around Anambra State during the governorship election in the State in 2010.

But Obi while answering questions from journalists on the matter at a youth programme in Nnewi, Anambra State, said he was shocked to read such an outburst of hate from El Rufai, especially when “the statement came unprovoked”.

He said, “This is suggesting that it was what he sat down to think of rather than thinking about how to solve the many problems plaguing the country.

“What His Excellency, Gov. Nasir Ahmad El Rufai said about me has been brought to my attention. I believe that as we grow older and are saddled with more responsibilities, we are expected to become circumspect in our thinking and avoid recklessness in our speeches and utterances.

“How does the circumstance he referred to relate to bigotry to warrant such a label?

“All I do for people like El Rufai is to pray for them and encourage them to concentrate on doing those things that will better the lots of Nigerians rather than engage in hate speeches that will divide and destroy the country.

Ex Gov. Peter Obi, now VP candidate for PDP.

“At this difficult times in our country, when thousands of our brothers and sisters across ethnic divide are killed all over the country, including innocent citizens in Kaduna state; millions of our children from all the parts of the country are out of school; millions of Nigerian youths from all the parts of the country are without jobs, our pre-occupation, especially among those that are in government should not be making reckless speeches.

“What our leaders should be doing today is seeking solutions to the numerous problems of our dear country.

“I am aware that during  the said election he referred to, security agents merely  restricted his movement  because he had no business being in Anambra as I would not have been in Kaduna on an election day.”

The former governor advised Nigerians, especially those in positions of authority, to avoid what he called “the dominance of the vice of hate” over the virtues of love in whatever they do.

Earlier, Nasir El Rufai had come under heavy hammer on twitter for his comments. The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party drew El Rufai’s attention to the myriad of problems unsolved by the administration of APC both at the federal and State levels, tweeting alongside images of dead bodies of innocent Nigerians as a reminder of the failings of government to secure citizens.

Reno Omokri, the popular Nigerian U.S. pastor who often comments on Nigeria’s political affairs, mocked El Rufai, suggesting his name was merely a disarrangement of the word FAILURE.

One social media user, Callo, dug out a 2012 tweet, where El Rufai, a Fulani, was threatening consequences for any assault on the Fulani people, rather than against all fellow Nigerians of whatever ethnic grouping.

Senator Shehu Sani, PRP, representing Kaduna Central, not to be left out, blasted Gov. El Rufai even further,

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