- Peter Obi says the statement made by Nasir El-Rufai calling him an ethnic bigot is hate speech
- Obi says he was shocked after reading the statement made by El-Rufai who is the governor of Kaduna state
- Obi, the vice presidential candidate of PDP, advises public figures to be mindful of comments that could be inciting
Peter Obi, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of 2019, on Satuday, November 10, asked Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state to stop making comments that could cause hatred among Nigerians.
Obi, who spoke with journalists at a youth programme in Nnewi, Anambra state, expressed shock over the comment credited to El-Rufai, especially when “the statement came unprovoked.
“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, Governor 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.
“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,” Obi said.
The PDP accused El-Rufai of saying Peter Obi, the party’s vice presidential candidate, was a tribal bigot.
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