Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has come under fire after he made a daring comment during an interview with NTA news saying foreign will end up in “Body bags” for interfering with Nigeria’s politics . His statement which interprets that any foreign representatives interfering with the politics in Nigeria will end up in “Body Bags” has caught the attention of the European union and created disturbance in Nigerian.
At his defense the Governor through his spokesperson, Samuel Aruwan, said he was only defending Nigeria’s sovereignty by making the comment. The statements reads in full below.
“A notorious trait of the characters that constitute the opposition in Nigeria is the manufacture of outrage on flimsy grounds. However, contriving anger on false premises and summoning a din of feverish commentary will not alter the facts. Election season is regarded as silly season in some quarters, but it is a very serious moment.
When Malam Nasir El-Rufai appeared on NTA’s Tuesday Night Live, he made comments every patriot can understand. He stood up for Nigeria’s dignity in the wake of those who would traduce their country and reduce it to the status of a colony in their vain quest for power.
The video of his comments is in circulation. Any fair-minded person with modest familiarity with the English language and unimpaired comprehension can understand it. It does not contain any call for violence. What it is a powerful defence of sovereignty. Are some sections of our political class implying that they will acquiesce in or collaborate with foreign intervention in our country?
Affirming that a country will defend itself against needless intervention is the kind of statement you expect to hear from a patriot. It is not a call for violence. Warning about the consequences of meddling in another country’s affairs is legitimate.
Non-interference in the affairs of other countries is a basic principle of international law. Threatening to intervene in another country implies the use of force. Those who are basing their electoral calculations on foreign intervention need to be discouraged. Only the lawful votes of the Nigerian people should make or unmake governments.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai has issued a powerful call for vigilance and a clear notice that other countries should not mistake the supine posture of the opposition for national weakness.
Malam Nasir El-Rufai has stood firmly against those who have been trying to divide Nigerians on ethnic and religious lines. He is resolutely
opposed to violence, and firmly committed to peace and harmony.
Let the false outrage stop.”
Well the above statement is coming from a man who since his emergence as Kaduna state Governor has the killings by Fulani herdsmen tripled.
European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) Reacts
The European union a world-wide organisation in which Nigeria belongs to, has reacted to the careless statement by Gov. Nasir El-rufai. The European Union Election Observation Mission (EU EOM) a body invited by INEC ,launched on 22nd January to conduct a neutral general election in Nigeria. The body has made a press statement saying that the “Body Bag” comment by Gorvenor El-Rufai won’t stop them.
“While the security of EU observers is of paramount importance, and will remain under constant review, EU observers will continue their work across the country in the run-up to – and beyond – the 16 February elections.
“For the last month the mission’s team in Abuja, as well as 40 long-term observers across the country, have followed the elections.
“We have met with a wide range of candidates, parties, election officials, security agencies, and civil society organizations, and have enjoyed good cooperation at federal and state levels.
“The mission looks at all aspects of the election, including the campaign tone, the transparency of the election administration, the neutrality of security forces, and the independence of the judiciary.” the statement reads in part.