Friday, September 20, 2019

Nasir El-Rufai: Nigeria's Most Dangerous Politician Alive

By Farooq A. Kperogi, Ph.D.
Kaduna's Governor Nasir El-Rufai is straight-up Nigeria's most bigoted and most dangerous public official alive. In a Nov. 9, 2013 tweet, he called Goodluck Jonathan a "lazy, docile, incompetent, clueless, hopeless, useless leader" using a photo of him praying at a church in Israel for illustration.

Yet this man detains and torments people who criticize him. Abu Hanifa Dadiyata, a critic of his, just disappeared in Kaduna without a trace. Several other critics are in detention. And he recently threatened: "If you want to tweet anything about Kaduna be very careful because I'm watching..."

By the way, would he also use a photo of Buhari praying in a mosque in Saudi Arabia to call attention to Buhari's own quality of being a "lazy, docile, incompetent, clueless, hopeless, useless leader"? Buhari is certainly a far more "lazy, docile, incompetent, clueless, hopeless, useless leader" than Jonathan ever was. There's a consensus among all right-thinking people that Buhari is Nigeria's absolute worst leader since independence.
The worrying thing is that El-Rufai wants to be Nigeria's president someday. Given that elections no longer matter even in the slightest, he just might be.

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