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The Transcript Of Everything El-Rufai Said In The Viral Video

Read the transcript of the controversial statements made by ex-Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, in a viral video about the role of religion in Nigerian politics.

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The Transcript Of Everything El-Rufai Said In The Viral Video

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A comprehensive look at the ex-governor’s contentious statements about the role of religion in Kaduna governorship.

The political scene in Nigeria has been buzzing with debate and discussion following the surfacing of a viral video featuring the former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai. Addressing a group of Muslim clerics after his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), won the governorship election, El-Rufai’s comments have been a source of public outrage, especially on social media.

In this article, we shall decode and analyze El-Rufai’s words, providing you with an English translation of his original Hausa statements. As one of Nigeria’s leading news outlets, MandyNews is committed to giving you an unbiased perspective.

Religious Politics or Practical Calculations?

El-Rufai began his address by discussing his decision to choose Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe as his deputy. The former governor was quoted as saying:

“Why did I pick Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe to be my deputy in 2019? First, I did a thorough calculation that most of those that are not Muslims don’t vote for our party (The All Progressives Congress). Most of them. So, why should I give them the deputy (governor) position?”

According to him, this choice was a strategic move to maximize electoral votes, not religious discrimination. This approach, while pragmatic in his view, raised eyebrows about the impact of religious considerations on political appointments.

Ensuring Fair Governance Despite Religious Alignment

El-Rufai proceeded to argue that despite the Muslim-majority leadership in Kaduna, no Christian has been oppressed under their governance. He said:

“What we wanted to prove to people, and thank God in the last four years, we’ve vindicated ourselves and proved that a government that has a Muslim as governor, a Muslim as deputy governor, a Muslim as SSG (secretary of state government), a Muslim as chief of staff, a Muslim as finance commissioner, we’ll not cheat Christians in Kaduna State.”

For him, this speaks volumes about the administration’s commitment to unbiased governance, which was well-demonstrated in infrastructural projects spread across the state irrespective of religious demographics.

Emphasizing Justice in Leadership

The former governor sought to impress on his listeners the importance of justice in leadership, regardless of religious orientation. According to him:

“Leadership in Islam is all about justice. The Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions lived with those that were not Muslims including Jews, Christians, and even pagans but they addressed him as El-Amin (trusted one) because he treated them with fairness.”

El-Rufai used this analogy to reinforce the need for equity and fairness in governance, even when certain areas supported his party more than others during elections.

The Long-Term Plan for Peace

Towards the end of his speech, El-Rufai revealed a long-term plan aimed at demonstrating that “Islamic leadership doesn’t discriminate but doesn’t condone deliberate mocking. It doesn’t condone indignity.” He proposed a timeline that extends for at least 24 years, during which he believes everyone will understand and accept that Muslims in leadership will not oppress non-Muslims, thereby ensuring lasting peace.

The English translation El-Rufai statements

“Why did I pick Dr Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe to be my deputy in 2019? First, I did a thorough calculation that most of those that are not Muslims don’t vote for our party (The All Progressives Congress). Most of them. So, why should I give them the deputy (governor) position? I did my calculation and I knew we could win the election without giving them (position of deputy governor). That’s first. That’s a purely political issue. It’s politics. You want to win an election, you’re looking for people that will vote for you. We have observed that since we started practising democracy, we know places we used to win elections and those places we don’t. We’ve done that calculation politically. That’s the political point of it.

“Secondly, what we wanted to prove to people, and thank God in the last four years, we’ve vindicated ourselves and proved that a government that has a Muslim as governor, a Muslim as deputy governor, a Muslim as SSG (secretary of state government), a Muslim as chief of staff, a Muslim as finance commissioner, we’ll not cheat Christians in Kaduna State. And everywhere we go we tell them “Yes, that’s it; the top government hierarchy in Kaduna State are Muslims but can any Christian in Kaduna prove that we’ve oppressed them? Is there any district that we didn’t renovate schools? Is there any district we didn’t construct a hospital? Is there anywhere that we didn’t construct roads? Is there anywhere that we didn’t help farmers whether they voted for us or not? We’ve given everyone their entitlements.

“Of course, Kubau (Local Government Area) voted for us the most (in Northern Kaduna), so I’ll add something to Kubau because they voted for us. What I’ll give Jaba, I’ll increase it for Kubau because Jaba didn’t vote for us. But we’ve given them their entitlements.

“What you Imams and Ulamas taught us is that leadership in Islam is all about justice. The Prophet (peace be upon him) and his companions lived with those that were not Muslims including Jews, Christians and even pagans but they addressed him as El-Amin (trusted one) because he treated them with fairness. Caliphs like Abubakar, Umar, Usman, Ali; all of them did justice to those who were not Muslims. Nobody can say he was oppressed for not being a Muslim. But you’ll prefer the ones who support you. But don’t oppress any.

“I always tell them. When during this campaign season, they said “this and that ” and I replied ‘Yes, we’re looking for those who can deliver. We’re not looking at your religion’. Of course, we consider the religious aspect but I can’t say that. But what I am saying is who is being oppressed? Open up and tell us if this government has treated you unjustly. No answer. Well, no one can say he is used to being engaged in criminal activities, used to being idle but we stopped that. Or you were used to blocking the road and we said if you do it again, this will be the consequences and you know we can do it.

“That’s what we’ve done for four years, myself and my team. And that’s what we still did and Senator Uba Sani and Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe still won their election (as governor and deputy) even with the religious gang up against us. And you the Imams and Ulamas that are here, you were the ones who did the work not even the politicians because the politicians even betrayed us. And he, Senator Uba Sani, knows this. We know it. We’re aware of those who collected money on election day but switched off their phones, slept off and didn’t even bother to come out for the election. But we know the First Aid group members that served as polling agents. Those we paid to protect the votes didn’t do so but the first aid group members did. And we’re grateful for that and may God reward you and the way you dedicated yourself and supported us, I beg you in the name of God to support Senator Uba Sani when he finishes his first four years, he should be re-elected then we can continue to prove to people that Islamic leadership doesn’t discriminate but doesn’t condone deliberate mocking. It doesn’t condone indignity. That’s the only thing we want to prove and we’ve started but this is not the end; we’ll have to do it for at least twenty years and that will make everyone understand.

“So, after Uba (governor) finishes his tenure and gets re-elected again that’ll be sixteen, right? (El Rufai served two terms of eight years as governor). Then we’ll have another tenure which will make it 24 years. That is when everyone will understand and say “Okay, we understand, we know our status” and “We know the Muslims will not oppress us.” That’s it. And you’ll see that there will be peace. I swear to God, this has been our plan from the first day we started APC in the state and God has been helping us with your prayers and commitment, we’re on the right path. May God bless you all.”

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