- Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has revealed why he supported and worked for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a South-West Muslim, to emerge as President
- El-Rufai said his support for Tinubu was to give Muslims in the region a sense of belonging to rule
- The former Kaduna state governor disclosed that the executive director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, asked him to support Tinubu in the cause of Islam
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Kaduna, Kaduna state - The immediate former governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has disclosed why he and former Zamfara state governor, Bello Matawalle supported and worked for a South-West Muslim to emerge as the winner at the February 25 presidential election.
He stated this while speaking with some Muslim clerics on why he went for a Muslim-dominated government in Kaduna state.
The former governor, who spoke in Hausa, explained that the executive director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola and his leaders from Lagos reached out to him to reconsider Tinubu as the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the 2023 presidential election for the sake of Islam.
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“Professor Akintola came with their leaders from Lagos and commended us for deciding that a Southerner should emerge. They said the Yoruba in the South-west have problems. When a Muslim wants to contest an election, they’ll say he shouldn’t contest because he will not win an election. What they believed was that it’s only a Christian from the South-west who can contest so a Muslim from the North is selected as his vice.
“They said it has not happened since Abiola; they wanted to replicate that. We asked them to go and decide on who would contest and they said Asiwaju. I told them I’m not on good terms with him but he (Akintola) said we should reconcile for the sake of Islam and I said we will reconcile.”
Why we supported a South-West Muslim
El-Rufai further revealed that his decision and that of Matawalle's was to give the South-west Muslims a sense of belonging to rule Nigeria.
“Myself and Zamfara State governor, Bello Matawalle, didn’t do it for any gain. Maybe the others needed something but me and Matawalle I did that to bring an end to the religious issue and to give Muslims from the South-west a sense of belonging to rule. And God… despite the religious gang-up, God made Asiwaju the winner.”
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Fani-Kayode said El-Rufai is not a religious bigot, terrorist or Islamist fanatic, and those who labelled him as such don’t know him and members of the opposition party.
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