Stop hate speech, Obi tells El-ru­fai

The Punch - - SOUTHERN -

The vice Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, mr Peter obi, on Satur­day urged Kaduna State gov­er­nor, nasir el-ru­fai, to stop mak­ing in­flam­ma­tory state­ments ca­pa­ble of in­cit­ing hate among nige­ri­ans.

obi was re­act­ing to a state­ment cred­ited to el-ru­fai in his (el ru­fai’s) twit­ter han­dle, where he called obi ‘a tribal bigot.’

The gov­er­nor tweeted that obi stopped him from mov­ing around Anam­bra State dur­ing the gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion in the state in 2010.

but obi while speak­ing with jour­nal­ists on the mat­ter at a youth pro­gramme in nnewi, Anam­bra State, on Satur­day, said he was shocked to read such an out­burst of hate from el-ru­fai, es­pe­cially when ‘the state­ment came un­pro­voked.’

He said, “This is sug­gest­ing that it was what he sat down to think of rather than think­ing about how to solve the many prob­lems plagu­ing the coun­try.

“What Gov­er­nor nasir el-ru­fai said about me has been brought to my at­ten­tion. I be­lieve that as we grow older and are sad­dled with more re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, we are ex­pected to be­come cir­cum­spect in our think­ing and avoid reck­less­ness in our speeches and ut­ter­ances.

“How does the cir­cum­stance he re­ferred to re­late to big­otry to war­rant such a la­bel? All I do for peo­ple like el ru­fai is to pray for them and en­cour­age them to con­cen­trate on do­ing those things that will bet­ter nige­ri­ans rather than en­gage in hate speeches that will di­vide and de­stroy the coun­try.’’

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