Ethnic And Religious Politics Is Affecting Nigeria – Governor El-Rufai
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai has spoken against the
manipulation of religion and ethnicity for political interests by the
elites in the country.
The governor, who is seeking reelection under the banner of the All
Progressives Congress, said the choice of Dr Hadiza Balarabe as his
running mate for the March 2nd governorship poll was “influenced by
considerations of competence, developing the state and pulling the
talents of the women”.
El-Rufai was quoted by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and
Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, to have stated these as a guest on a Hausa
programme, ‘Hannu Dayawa’ on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria,
Kaduna, on Saturday.
The governor said people in their businesses, travels and daily
lives, look for those who could give them results, not the faith of the
person. He said, “our action was not predicated on religion or
ethnicity but getting a deputy governor that suits our quest for a
better Kaduna State.”
The governor added, “you are sick and in dire need of life. When you
are rushed to hospital, what do you need? Life or the religion of the
doctor? Life is what you need and you will not waste time on the
religion and the ethnic background of the doctor.
When you are flying, do you care about the religion or the ethnic
background of the pilot or a safe flight? It’s the same thing with
business and investment. You hire those who can make your investment