- Femi Fani-Kayode, a chieftain of the APC, has named former governors: Bello Matawalle and Nasir El-Rufai, as colossus to the emergence of Bola Tinubu as president
- Fani-Kayode, popularly called 'FFK', said El-Rufai should not be seen as a religious bigot, but as a true progressive
- The Abuja-based APC chieftain scolded critics of El-Rufai, the immediate past Kaduna governor, saying they are only envious
FCT, Abuja - A former Nigerian aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Thursday, June 8, mentioned former governors, Nasir El-Rufai and Bello Matawalle as two politicians who helped President Bola Tinubu to power.
Fani-Kayode defends El Rufai amid ex-governor's controversial religious stance
Fani-Kayode was reacting to the criticism received by El-Rufai, the immediate past governor of Kaduna state, following a controversial video that seemed to show him disrespecting Christians in Nigeria. Premium Times made a transcript of the video.
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But Fani-Kayode said El-Rufai is neither a Muslim fundamentalist nor a fascist.
"I know a religious bigot when I see one and I assure you that Nasir El Rufai is not one of them. Neither is he a muslim fundamentalist, a terrorist, a fascist or a jihadist."
Fani-Kayode described the former Kaduna governor as a great fighter, saying:
"If there are people that ought to be regarded as the true heroes of the struggle to make Asiwaju President El Rufai and Matawalle must be amongst them."
CAN reacts to El-Rufai’s comment on dominance of Islam in politics, speaks on ‘fighting’ Muslims
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday, June 7, said the immediate past governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, was only playing a game when he declared that Islam would continue to dominate politics in the entire nation.
El-Rufai was alleged to have told his audience before handing over to his successor that the Islamic dominance in Kaduna had been successfully replicated in Nigeria and that it would continue.