- Mallam Nasir El-Rufai says he was almost jailed during the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
- The Kaduna state governor said the former Nigerian president made attempts to imprison him
- El-Rufai stated that he was friends with the ex-president when Jonathan was still the deputy governor of Bayelsa state
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said former President Goodluck Jonathan almost jailed him because the ex-Nigerian leader thought he was a threat to his second term ambition.
El-Rufai made the comment in an interview published in The Point and monitored by Punch newspapers.
The Kaduna state governor also said Jonathan was his very close friend from when he was the deputy governor of Bayelsa state.
Ex-President Jonathan had moved from being deputy governor of the south-south state to the number one position in the country in the space of four years with many describing his astronomic rise in politics as a miracle.
Interestingly, El-Rufai returned to Nigeria when Jonathan became president after his time in exile during the Yar'adua years, but the governor said the ex-president saw him as a threat.
“I have been associated with running for president, as I said, since 2005, 2006, about 15 years. I’ve suffered for this, I’ve even been exiled for it and Jonathan tried to put me in prison for it.”
Recall that Premium Times recently published an old video of Governor El-Rufai saying if he were ex-President Jonathan, he would have negotiated with Boko Haram to free the then abducted Chibok girls.
Now, as governor, Governor El-Rufai has refused to negotiate with bandits who abducted students from Greenfield University in his state, sparking outrage in the country.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on El-Rufai's statement via social media.
Veejay Anayochukwu wrote on Twitter:
“Jonathan did the country a disservice by not jailing u. If he has done so, we won't be played by an educated extremist.”
Nsikak Akpabio wrote:
“I wonder why he didn't jail you. It's his undoing that allowed all these shameless criminals and terrorists to take over power in Nigeria and they have destroyed whatever that was left of Nigeria.”
Jeremiah Adetunji wrote:
“Media should be more responsive and responsible in their news carriage. This news is worthless in the face of insecurity at the moment, especially in Kaduna state.”
Samuel Aina wrote:
“It would have been better for you to be in jail than become a governor of a state where crime is competing for an award.”
Chijioke Kwulu wrote:
“When your brother, Yar'adua was in power, you went on exile, but when Jonathan was in power, you came back. Don't try to rewrite history sir, we equally knew the type of opposition you played under Jonathan.”
Meanwhile, the bandits who abducted the Greenfield students have threatened to kill the remaining 17 in their custody if their demands are not met.
The criminals are asking for a ransom of N100 million as well as 10 brand Honda motorcycles.
A leader of the bandit group who identified himself as Sani Idris Jalingo said if their demands are not met by the Kaduna state government or the families of the abductees, by Tuesday, May 4, they will all be killed.
On his part, popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi, on Tuesday, May 4 urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the N100million ransom being demanded by the kidnappers.
Gumi who has been at the forefront of championing amnesty for the terrorists said the federal government must not take the threat by the kidnappers lightly.