Governor Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna state has come underfire from a cross section of Nigerians, over comments he made in the wake of the arrest of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
In a BBC Pidgin programme monitored by Switch Nigeria, the governor is heard comparing the activities of IPOB and killer herdsmen. He appeared to justify the brutality and high-handedness of Nigeria security forces on IPOB members while downplaying the incessant killings perpetrated by killer herdsmen, terrorists and bandits.
The governor stated that calling for the break up of Nigeria was more deserving of the swiftness and diligence the federal government employ to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu than going after bandits and terrorists.
“I was very happy (when Nnamdi Kanu was arrested) because, first he jumped bail, jeopardising his sureties.
“Secondly, a person that challenges the sovereignty and the authority of a state and incites violence; he refers to his own country as a zoo.
“This should be a message to all these separatists challenging the authority of the Nigerian State to be very careful.”
On the question of whether terrorists, killer herdsmen and bandits are deserving of the same treatment as IPOB, he responded “No! No! No! No! People are comparing apples to oranges.
Meanwhile, a cross section of Nigerians are reacting to the governor’s comments.
Taking to the banned social media platform Twitter, some Nigerians were express anger over the comments for seeming to downplay the carnage done by bandits, terrorists and killer herdsmen.
If you still don’t want separation, I think your eyes are not yet clear.— Naughty_by_Nature (@itz_Oludaniel) July 2, 2021
This is enough to give you a clear picture of the trouble we’re in to pic.twitter.com/vxsNerDnug
The interview is a clear fact that he's one of those sponsoring boko haram, fulani herdsman and bandit— Ibukunshine (@Ibukunshine) July 2, 2021
A form of business is kidnapping people, children & asking for ransom. Do they now want everyone to be bandits???— AAkporoh (@AAkporoh) July 2, 2021
N why the reporter no ask… How kidnapping is a form of a business?— Kelzpadi@ (@BUkrakpor) July 2, 2021