Presidency defends El-Rufai and his ‘body Bags’ statement

Senior Special Aide to the president, Garba Shehu has risen in defence of Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and his ‘body Bags’ statement.

While speaking two days ago on NTA, El-Rufai had warned foreigners to desist from interfering in Nigeria’s affairs or risk going home in body bags.

“Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags.” the governor said

Reacting to the controversial comment, Garba Shehu said the governor made the statement in Nigeria’s interest.

“We have taken note of the clarification to a reported earlier statement by the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufa’i concerning opposition call for foreign interference in our domestic affairs and to say that latest statement by him should rest the issue for good. There is nothing more to sneeze at.

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” The Governor spoke strongly in defense of national interest. It is clear that El-Rufa’i, our party the APC and all its candidates have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections. They are all of the view that there is no place for violence against local people or foreign citizens in our midst.

“Opposition PDP ought to own up to the mistakes of their own policies for 16 years which have led the country to a sorry pass that has cost lives, jobs and growth instead of dwelling on diversionary issues.” he said.


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