A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and one of the party’s spokespersons, Femi Fani Kayode had on Thursday exonerated the immediate past Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir Elrufai, over his recent comment on Muslim/Muslim ticket, through a video that sparked reactions across the social media.
Elrufai had allegedly said in the supposedly video that the Muslim/Muslim ticket which has been replicated at the Federal level, will continue to remain in Kaduna State for the next 20 years.
However, the former FCT minister had come under attack by religious organizations like CAN and individuals, who felt embarrassed and disappointed with his utterances.
Reacting to the development through his Twitter handle on Thursday morning, Fani-Kayode, who described the former Kaduna Governor as a pragmatic politician who speaks his mind boldly, said he is not a religious bigot or Islamic jihadist, noting that many denigrate him out of envy and because he had proven to be smarter than them.
According to him, Elrufai remain a hero of Democracy, as one of those who campaigned vigorously to ensure that power shifted to the South against the wish of the Northern and Aso Rock cabals, who wanted power remain in the North in 2023
“When Nasir El Rufai, Bello Matawalle and Yahaya Bello took President Muhammadu Buhari to court and defeated him over the illegal and ill-fated cash grab/new notes policy they were considered to be heroes and the entire world commended them.
“Yet sadly today, simply because he made some comments about the Muslim/Muslim ticket before a gathering of Muslim clerics in Kaduna State he is being demonised and labelled as a religious bigot, a terrorist, a fascist and an Islamist fanatic by mainly those who do not share his religious faith, who do not know him, who have never met him and who are in a different political party to him.
“I know a religious bigot when I see one and I assure you that Nasir El Rufai is not one of them. Neither is he a Muslim fundamentalist, a terrorist, a fascist or a jihadist.
“If he were any of these things he would not be my friend and brother and I would be the first to openly oppose and condemn him.
“If he were any of these things he would attract my contempt rather than have my respect.
“We worked closely together when we were in President Olusegun Obasanjo’s cabinet many years ago and we worked closely together during the presidential campaign for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. I know him very well indeed.
“He is a down-to-earth, practical, pragmatic politician who speaks his mind boldly, who is deeply calculating and courageous, who knows and understands the game of thrones and the art of acquiring and wielding power very well, who has no fear of his adversaries and who is determined to do whatever it takes to win. These are all virtues and not vices.
“The reason many denigrate him is basically out of envy and because he has proved over and over again that he is far smarter than them.
“Yet love him or hate him I will tell you this: had it not been for him, Matawalle and the Northern Governor of the APC there would have been no power shift to the south, the Presidency would have remained in the North and Atiku, not Asiwaju would be President today.
“Again had it not been for him and Matawalle, the cabal in the Villa that backed, empowered, protected and encouraged Godwin Emefiele and his Agbor Mafia and that worked so hard to stop Asiwaju from winning the election would have prevailed.
“And of course, that is why all the forces of hell gathered together to ensure that Matawalle lost his seat as Governor of Zamfara. That is the price that he had to pay.
“Those that insist on launching a crusade, igniting a religious war and assuming the worse about El Rufai today simply because of his comments about religion in the politics of Kaduna state would do well to consider all this as they continue in their asinine behaviour and insidious tomfoolery.
“If there are people that ought to be regarded as the true heroes of the struggle to make Asiwaju President El Rufai and Matawalle must be amongst them.
“I may not agree with everything El Rufai says or does but what a great fighter he is.
“He has both my affection and respect. He always did and he always will.
“(FFK),” he wrote.