El-Rufai’s son apologises for rude comment on Twitter

El-Rufai’s son apologises for rude comment on Twitter

- Governor El-Rufai's son, Bello, has tendered an unreserved apology over a rude comment he made on Twitter which has caused outrage

- Bello had in a private message threatened gang rape of a Nigerian Twitter user's mother

- The Kaduna governor's son has, however, apologised to the Twitter user and the public, saying the comments were made “in the heat of the moment”

Governor Nasir El-Rufai's son, Bello El-Rufai, has apologised over his comment on social media threatening a gang rape of a Twitter user’s mother.

The Kaduna governor's son had threatened to “pass to his friends” the mother of @thanos_zer after a Twitter disagreement escalated.

Bello sent a private message to the Twitter user: “Oh and tell your mother I’m passing her to my friends tonight. No Igbo sounds please!”

El-Rufai’s son apologises for rude comment on Twitter
El-Rufai’s son, Bello, apologises for rude comment on Twitter. Photo credit: Premium Times
Source: UGC

The private message which was later made public by the Twitter user elicited outrage on social media.

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Days after the outrage, Bello later apologised to the Twitter user and the public, saying the comments were made “in the heat of the moment.”

He posted his apology statement on Twitter in the afternoon of Friday, April 17.

Read the full statement below:

“A few days ago, I made a comment that was wrong, unbecoming and contrary to the values on which I was raised.

Withdrawal of hurtful comment

"I wish to withdraw the statement and apologise to the gentleman concerned for the hurtful comment. I also apologise for appearing to attack and entire ethnic group for the misdeed of one person.

Unreserved apology

“I regret the sexual innuendo in the private message and apologise unreservedly for it. I wish to state very strongly that the statement was made during the heat of the moment and I wish to put on the record that I do not condone sexual violence.”

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No justification for gender-based crimes

“I certainly do not believe that there can be any justification for gender-based crimes. I am learning from the episode in the continuous journey of emerging as a better person. I have apologized to my mother in person.

“I have also reached out to the women in my life and apologised. I realise that the intensity around this matter stems partly from my surname.

“The mistakes I made with the private message and in smearing an ethnic group because of group because of one person are now being replicated by people that are attacking my parents and my family because of my conduct.

“I am one of many children in a family raised with standards of decency and strong values of which my recent conduct has fallen short.

“I appreciate the time that friends and loved ones have taken to show me the error of my ways. I apologise to the general public in recognition of the duty to acknowledge wrongdoing and strive to be better.”

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In another report, Governor El-Rufai has said he has not been cleared of COVID-19 yet, saying he will personally announce to Nigerians when he is confirmed negative.

The Kaduna state governor made this known on Wednesday, April 15, via his official Facebook page.

He urged members of the public to ignore fake news regarding his state of health.

"I have not been cleared of Covid-19 yet. I will personally announce when I am confirmed negative.

"Please ignore all fake news even if they are want you wish for. I am grateful to our team ably led by the Deputy-Governor for keeping the agenda going without me," he said.

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