Nasir El-Rufai, the current governor of Kaduna State in Nigeria, has recently come under fire from Naja’atu Mohammed, a former All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign director for civil society organizations. In an interview with Arise TV, Mohammed referred to El-Rufai as a “pathological liar” and advised Nigerians not to pay attention to his criticism and opinions.
The accusations stem from El-Rufai’s political history and perceived lack of integrity. Mohammed referred to former President Obasanjo’s book “My Watch” Volume 2, in which he described El-Rufai as having a “penchant for lying, unfair embellishment of stories, and his inability to sustain loyalty.” Mohammed went on to give an example of this, stating that El-Rufai was brought into the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on the recommendation of Atiku but quickly betrayed him and started fighting him.
Mohammed also pointed out that El-Rufai had spoken negatively about President Muhammadu Buhari before the 2015 elections, but when he was running for governor of Kaduna State, he “knelt down before Buhari because he is nothing in Kaduna without Buhari.” Mohammed believes that El-Rufai’s popularity in Kaduna was transferred from Abuja because of the demolition and that he is highly unpopular in Kaduna without the support of President Buhari.
The recent criticism follows El-Rufai’s recent remarks about Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, in which he referred to him as a Nollywood actor and dismissed his popularity. This statement has sparked further controversy and criticism, with many pointing out that Peter Obi is a well-respected politician and former governor of Anambra State.
In conclusion, Naja’atu Mohammed’s accusations against Nasir El-Rufai are significant because they highlight the perceived lack of integrity and credibility in Nigerian politics. The call for Nigerians to not pay attention to politicians like El-Rufai is a call for a higher standard of leadership and accountability in the country.
It is important to note that these accusations and counter-accusations are not unique to Nigerian politics and are seen in political systems around the world.
However, it is the responsibility of citizens to hold their leaders accountable and demand honesty and transparency in their actions and statements. By doing so, the public can help create a political climate that values integrity and credibility, leading to a better future for all.