A group in Kaduna State, under the aegis of the Kaduna Patriotic Youths for Development yesterday, Sunday condemned Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, for accusing the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, over alleged involvement in the $9.3m smuggled into Johannesburg, South Africa almost a fortnight ago.
The youths were unequivocal in flaying the former FCT minister over a comment, which they claimed cast aspersion on the image of the cleric, and current president of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
In a statement made available to newsmen yesterday in Kaduna, the leader of the group, Mr. Danladi Husseini-Abubakar, and the General Secretary, Ishaku Irimiya, respectively, said the attack on the CAN leader was an attack on all Christians as well as the Church of God, which must not be taken lightly.
The statement reads:
“It is unfortunate that the former minister has remained consistent in his quest to smear the CAN President and indeed the Church of God. This is not the first time El-Rufa’i has deployed his verbal venom and obvious deep hate for the CAN leader and indeed the organisation and community he leads.
“We view el-Rufa’i’s penchant for using abusive and berating statements against CAN leadership as a crass display of arrogance and disrespect for the entire Christian community in Nigeria, which Pastor Oritsejafor leads.
”The former minister is known for his disrespect for elders and leaders at all levels in this country. Little wonder he has no one to guide his actions which are becoming inimical to the credibility of his own personality as an accidental elite.
“Nigerians will never forget how el-Rufai flouted court injunctions to indiscriminately demolish homes while rendering thousands of families homeless, including the highly respected late Justice Bashir Sambo, whom he threw out of his home in the middle of a storm”.
The group also urged the people of the state to be wary of the former minister’s plot to contest the 2015 governorship election in the state on the platform of the All Progressives Congress
“Kaduna people must be wary of this accidental politician, who has no respect for human dignity. We have fear for the people and we want them to reject El-Rufa’i and halt his inordinate political ambition even before the primary election of his party. It is clear that his arrogance has not left him and he certainly plans to unleash another regime of tyranny on the people”, it said.