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Christians in Kaduna say El-Rufai’s Muslim-Muslim ticket will promote ethnic, religious disharmony

[The Guardian] Christians in Kaduna under the umbrella of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) have accused the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai of fanning the embers of ethnic and religious disunity with his Muslim-Muslim ticket, saying that the governor does not deserve a second term in office.

The Christian body, while declaring a vote of no confidence in Governor El-Rufai, canvassed the support of all the Christians and other groups to use the fundamental voting rights to reject the Governor during the forthcoming general elections, and for the failure to promote socio-economic growth in the State.

Besides, El-rufai has forthnight ago defended his choice of a deputy, when he announced his running mate in the person of Hajiya Hadiza Balarabe, a muslim woman from Sanga local government area of the State. Sanga is in the southern part of Kaduna, a border town with Plateau State.

The governor had two weeks ago cleared the air why he picked a fellow muslim, saying that he believes in competence irrespective of religion and tribe, adding Government House is not a worship centre.

However, the PFN officials who said they are working in consonance with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kaduna State chapter said that the Muslim-Muslim ticket and the anti-peoples’ policies of the El-Rufai’s government have pitched him against all Christians and other peace loving citizens in the State, just as they called for the
governor’s rejection at the polls.

Addressing a press conference, the Chairman of PFN, Kaduna State, Apostles Emmanuel Egoh Bako and other top officials of the Christian group said: “We want them to know that Jehovah is still on the throne. And He is a mighty man of battle. There is nobody that our God cannot handle. Therefore we charge all Christians in Kaduna State to go and pray and let God arise. He (Governor El-Rufai) has said that he does not need our votes and we have accepted that. And any Christian that votes for him in 2019 general election is cursed. That is our position”.

Published by The Guardian on 24 November 2018 | 4:15 am

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