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Source: mynigeria.com

Igbo presidency: El Rufai gets it wrong this time

Nigerians do not need an introduction to the person of Nasir El-Rufai, stormy petrel and present-day Governor of Kaduna State.

Known for a number of impeccable virtues, the diminutive Governor has had the knack for telling truth to power whether it suits the times or not, he is not the usual Nigerian politician who only speaks when he is not at the so-called dining table, El-Rufai is vociferous whether he is in or out, he says it as it is and then is done.

However recent comments from the action governor on the SouthEast’s bid for the presidency seem to be a bit misplaced. Perhaps, El Rufai in his attempt to tell truth to power or the elite of the SouthEast region stoked unnecessary fires by telling the region that it could not get the presidency by insulting other regions. To tell the truth, I was taken aback by such a statement, wondering if it was the same Mallam El Rufai that was talking on a region’s right to produce a president of Igbo extraction, a right so moral and so just, that it is unassailable in the minds of those who bear with them a sense of justice and fairness.

While I understand that the mallam is human and despite the numerous attempts to exalt him into a state of apotheosis he is still allowed to be human, his attempts to lump a region as a whole into his attempt to disparage the presidential hopes of aspirants that may come from that region remains questionable and in his attempts to show working, he misses the point in all entirety and here’s why.

El Rufai has been accusing the SouthEast Region of insulting all other regions, I am however not in the know of any time where politicians or stakeholders of the region in unison organized an event where we took turns to lampoon all other regions, that a number of stakeholders for reasons best known to them have repeatedly called out the nation should not be attributed to the whole SouthEast.

How El Rufai arrives at such a conclusion beats me, for even in the Bible, it is the same womb that gave birth to Esau that also begat Jacob, and so for every Nnamdi Kanu there is a Hope Uzodinma, and for every Nnia Nwodo, there is a Chekwas Okorie, and for a thousand tongues that believe NdiIgbo have not been treated right, there are a hundred thousand tongues that will argue otherwise!

El Rufai further misses the point when he advises the region to actively engage other sections of the country.  This is not esoteric and everyone knows that no single region can singlehandedly make one of its own president, a lot of horse-trading will go into it and NdiIgbo, serious as we are in our bid to put our own in Aso Rock will readily engage every other region. Even at that has El Rufai forgotten that prior to Olusegun Obasanjo’s emergence as president, a number of chieftains from the region repeatedly fanned the embers of war owing to the June 12 impasse, pray did we all lump the Yoruba nation when Nigerians all over voted for Obasanjo for stability in 1999, if we are to follow El Rufai’s template, then Obasanjo who he served as President should never have been trusted with the mandate of the people.

The same thing happened when Jonathan was seeking to be President, at the time he was Vice President and then Acting President, a number of Niger Delta leaders repeatedly threatened fire and brimstone should Jonathan not be elected, did Nigerians lump these prophets of Baal with the message of Elijah? No is the music here.

When the SouthEast as a region or as a people took the approach not to negotiate for the presidency as every region should, one does not know, how Mallam El-Rufai arrived at the conclusion that we are not ready to do so baffles me, but then is this not a not case of giving a dog a bad name in order to hang it?

Perhaps, El Rufai is playing politics with such a summation as it is rumoured that he is in bed with a SouthWest Governor who is scheming to be President come 2023. While I will not begrudge him as he is entitled to support anyone he likes, I think it smacks of bad politics to subtly begin a campaign of calumny against a region, simply because one has a vested interest in the same ambition as a prospective running mate!

Is El Rufai not also aware that there are Igbohos and co in the Southwest, should this nullify the aspiration of any Yoruba to National Office?

El Rufai cannot lump NdiIgbo into one because of a minority of rascals!

May Nigeria Succeed!

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