Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that he pities President Muhammadu Buhari and the situation he has found himself.
The Kaduna state governor said this in Lagos on Sunday during a service of The Latter Rain Assembly. He explained that he feels pity for Buhari because he has always come in as president anytime the country is in trouble.
The governor also said that he was extremely sad that Nigerians were passing through the worst economic downturn ever witnessed in the history of the nation. He blamed the current national woes on corruption and activities of militants in Niger Delta region.
He said, “We have always known that there is massive corruption in Nigeria but the revelations of the past one year have shocked even the most pessimistic of critics. Nearly 70 per cent of Nigeria’s oil revenues disappeared without a trace.
“Of course, there must be consequences for that. When we sit down with President Buhari these days, I pity him. I pity him because he has always become President anytime Nigeria is in trouble.
“First, it was after the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) government, had almost grounded the economy and now, after a massive looting of the nation’s treasury; and he has to lead the team to fix it.
“But we are working round the clock to fix these problems. With your prayers and the cooperation of Nigerians, we shall surmount these problems.”
El-Rufai, has been heavily criticised by Christians in Kaduna and across the country, for his push to install a law that will restrict religious activities in Kaduna state. Some Christians feel his position is part of the alleged move to Islamise Nigeria.
Despite his hard stand against some religious activities, which Christians in his state feel is mainly targeted at them, his coming to Lagos and worshiping in a church, where some of the activities he wants to ban in Kaduna is also practised, raises concern among many Nigerian Christians.
By Ebere Ndukwu …
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