The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has described as “most irresponsible”, the comments of the United States of America, USA, the United Kingdom, UK, and the European Union, EU, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen, who is facing non-declaration of assets criminal charges.
He said that the foreign countries have no right to lecture Nigerians on how to run their country.
El-Rufai, while speaking on Tuesday Live, a late night programme on the NTA, anchored by Cyril Stober, said that the comments by the foreign countries amounted to undue interference in the affairs of Nigeria.
He warned the foreign countries to steer clear of the internal affairs of Nigeria, noting that, if a crisis breaks out in the country, they would not partake of it.
El-Rufai said: “They (the comments) were based on non-information, and they are most irresponsible; and I am happy that the Presidency responded to them.
“As Nigerians, we must understand that these guys can sit pretty in their country and say things, but when the crisis breaks, we are here. We are the victims, our wives and children are the victims; and we must rise up and unite, and say that no to violence in this country.”
El-Rufai condemned the petitions sent to the US, UK, EU, Germany and France, by the opposition, calling on the foreign countries to prevail upon Buhari, not to derail the nation’s democracy.
The Governor said: “Those that are calling for everyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags. Because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country. We have got that independence, and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible, and we know the history of those countries that are trying to teach us these things; we have read their history. We also know that in their stages of development, they went through these challenges.
“So, please, let us work together; let us advise one another, but do not lecture us.”
El-Rufai also described as baseless, the allegation of bias being levelled against the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, saying that, the PDP is trying to delegitimise the elections, to justify its inevitable defeat at the polls.
He said: “We have every evidence that INEC will conduct credible elections, and we challenge everyone, the opposition parties, to point out what part of the logistical arrangements or electoral preparations, give room for any manipulation. Otherwise, they should shut up.”