- These are not the best of times for Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai
- The governor, a former FCT minister, is the b*utt of jokes by Nigerians on social media
- The tag 'Hell-Rufai' has been given to the governor by labour unions which have now been amplified on social media
The tag 'Hell Rufai' has been given to Kaduna governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai as labour unions paralyse economic activities in the northwest state.
'Hell Rufai' is also trending on social media as thousands of Nigerians in and outside Kaduna have joined in the massive social media campaign against the governor.
As at the time of this report, over 7,000 Nigerians on Twitter had tweeted using the word 'Hell Rufai' in support of the labour unions.
Recall that NLC had announced a five-day industrial action following the decision of the El Rufai-led administration to disengage 4000 workers across the 23 local government areas of the state.
The labour unions threatened to shut down all socio-economic activities in the state to press home the recall of the thousands of public servants sacked by the governor.
Below are some of the prominent tweets from various Nigerians on the issue.
Ishaya I. G. Gasi wrote:
“Hell is real in Kaduna whenever Hell Rufai is involved.”
Emeka Nnadozie wrote:
“Kaduna state is often in the news for the wrong reasons. From herdsmen killings, kidnapping of students, banditry, illegal demolition of homes, the disappearance of critics and now the NLC strike.
“No electricity. Banks, airport, schools have been shut down. Hell Rufai is pure evil.”
Uche Samuel wrote:
“Hell Rufai will definitely organise a counter-protest to the labour protest going on in Kaduna. Just watch it.”
Ayodele Okunfolami wrote:
“The more important task for Hell Rufai and other government executives is not seeing into the quantity of the civil service, but it's quality. It is less about the size of personnel but the productivity.”
Governor El-Rufai had on Monday, April 12 made known his administration's plan to disengage some public servants in the state for fiscal reasons.
This was contained in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Muyiwa Adekeye, and seen by Legit.ng.
The governor stated that the decision was painful but necessary to salvage the state’s finances.
Comrade Ayuba Wabba, president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, had described the action of El-Rufai as arbitrary and cruel, even as he called on the Kaduna state government to reverse the mass sack.
Wabba also called the attention of the state government to the clause in the redundancy letter issued to affected workers.