El-Rufai: I Will Not Retract Or Tender An Apology For My Lagos Godfather Views

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Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, The Kaduna State Governor, said that he had no apologies for his views on how to retire godfathers from politics in Lagos State.

El-Rufai spoke with State House correspondents after he visited President Muhammadu Buhari to give him an update on the security situation in Kaduna State.

“If I was asked a question and I gave an answer, anyone that feels offended by the answer, it is his own business. I have no apologies, I don’t apologise for my views.

“I don’t have to explain anything to anyone. This is a democracy and in a democratic space, there must be room for people to express their views,” he said.

Recall that last week in Ikoyi, while speaking at an event in Lagos, the governor recounted how he retired godfathers from Kaduna politics.

He advised the people of Lagos State to apply his model to sack any godfather holding the state down.

It is widely believed that el-Rufai was referring to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

When asked a specific question on whether he had any issues with Tinubu or the party generally, he said, “There is no dispute between me and anyone in the APC; the APC is one family; I don’t dispute with my own party.”

On his visit to the Villa, el-Rufai said he came to brief Buhari on the various security measures introduced by security agencies to confront criminalities in the state, especially kidanappings on the Abuja-Kaduna Highway.

Also, the Governor of Benue State, Mr Samuel Ortom, was at the Villa.

He denied that Benue was insolvent or that the Internally Generated Revenue of the state was below 10 per cent of its share from the Federation Account in 2018.

However, he admitted that for the state to afford to pay the new N30,000 minimum wage, it must cut costs.

The governor mentioned one Gana as the leader of a criminal gang terrorising Benue and some neighbouring states like Taraba.

Ortom said, “The three local government areas of Katsina Ala, Ukum and Bukun are not safe. No educational, farming, commercial activities are going on; the Igbo that are major traders have vacated the place.

“On herdsmen and farmers, the place is relatively peaceful. The law is being implemented and we have arrested 400 people for committing various offences.”

In the same vein, the Anambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano, who visited Buhari to draw the Federal Government’s attention to failed federal roads in the state, also praised Buhari for the pace of work on the Second Niger Bridge.

He added, “He is doing a great work and he is honest, straightforward. He is a very good friend of mine and that friendship exists.”


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