By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna.
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State, on Friday notified Nigerians to disregard the false messages attributed to him on social media.
“He has no connection with these graceless, disrespectful messages that are being falsely ascribed to him. Certain persons regularly practise their bigotry by posting untrue messages regarding Malam Nasir el-Rufai on social media.”
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan in a signed statement said, “they have now escalated this rascally behaviour to concocting messages and attributing them to him. This is irresponsible and most unacceptable.
“All through his public life, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has acquired a reputation for expressing himself frankly and firmly.
“His views are projected through authorised statements signed by his official spokesman, or on his verified social media platforms, where he has a strong presence.
“Any statement that is not from these channel should be disregarded.
“Many people will notice that since Nigerians massively renewed President Muhammadu Buhari’s mandate, those who lost the election have intensified their attempts to divide this country along ethnic, religious and regional lines.
“Malam el-Rufai is proud to have the honour of being part of the national coalition that built the APC, and that has twice successfully persuaded Nigerians to bestow on President Muhammadu Buhari the mandate to lead this country.
“These victorious endeavours have required the energy and talents of compatriots from across the country.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has immense respect and gratitude for the hard work and sacrifices of these persons.
“He is confident that APC leaders, and his friends and political associates across the country will recognise these idiotic messages on social media as the handwork of those who do not wish us well, and who are eager to set back the work we are doing for national cohesion.
“The leaders and members of the APC that were so rudely savaged in the concocted message would rightly ignore it as the work of detractors.
“It is unfortunate that the democratic and progressive possibilities offered by social media are being so badly distorted into a tool for division and retrogression.
“Nigerians should not allow those who peddle false and inciting narratives on religion and ethnicity to get away with it.
“We will continue carrying the banner of the progressive coalition that has just demonstrated that it has the enthusiastic support of Nigerians.”