2023 election: El-Rufai distracting attention from burning issues – CAN


The chairman of the Kaduna State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Rev. John Joseph Hayab has accused Governor Nasir el-Rufai of diverting attention from burning issues of the day.

In a statement issued in response to El-Rufai’s statement that Christians are insignificant in the North, Rev Hayab said: “Governor El-Rufai should be known by now as one who loves to divert attention from the burning issues of the day, playing on the matter of the religious divide in Kaduna State and the North at large.

“For all we know, the governor comes up as an attention seeker and, now that his days in Sir Kashim Ibrahim House are numbered, he has started up another joke.”

The CAN state chairman recalled that people of goodwill would not forget in a hurry the first strategy El-Rufai used to divide the populace in Kaduna State when he emerged as governor in 2015, when shortly after he was sworn in as the governor, he made baseless assertions that Christians in the state were only 30% while Muslims were 70%.

“Such a claim is not backed by any official data either by the National Population Commission (NPC) or any accessible data but El-Rufai made such an unwarranted utterance to pave way for his selfish agenda, skimming how to divide and polarize a diverse society for his gains,” he alleged.

According to him, “The quest for a Nigeria which embraces people irrespective of their place of origin or faith must not be sacrificed on the altar of divisive politicians.

“Therefore, CAN admonish all and sundry not to be deceived. That we suffer fuel scarcity and lack of new currency together shows that Nigeria is for Muslims and Christians and only true leaders respect our togetherness as a natural phenomenon.”

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