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Audu Maikori “is going to be prosecuted” – WATCH Gov. El-Rufai Speak on his 2012 Tweet & #SouthernKaduna Killings at #SMWLagos

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna while answering questions at the “Technology as a Policy Imperative” event at the Social Media Week Lagos 2017, spoke, for the first time on his 2012 tweet that has been classified as inciting.

See the tweet:

The tweet became more popular after Chocolate City boss, Audu Maikori was arrested and detained for 24hours for posting a false story on social media about the killing of five college of education students in Southern Kaduna.

Audu later apologised for posting the story, adding that his driver relayed it to him saying his (driver) brother was among the victims.

Audu was arrested on the grounds that it is capable of inciting reprisal attacks and prolonging the crisis.

El-Rufai, during his speech, added that Audu and others will be prosecuted for their roles in the crisis.

People are making reference to what I tweeted in 2012. What did I tweet? I tweeted that any person, soldier or not, that kills a Fulani, takes a debt that will be repayable in 100 years. It is a statement of fact. It is not a threat. It is not an incitement to violence and there is a context to it. In 2012, the General Officer commanding of 5 division of the Nigerian Army in Jos, gave an instruction that it behooves on the governor of Plateau state to wipe out two Fulani settlements just outside Jos on the suspicion that they have weapons.

This was reported by the governor of Plateau state and the commander gave the order and I heard about it. I called and said please don’t do that. Go and surround the place and search for weapons. But that was not the objective. The Objective was to remove them from the settlement because they are settlers and people that think that that land is their ancestral land, want to take the land. It is not because they had weapons.

Now I know the nature of the nomadic Fulanis. My great great grand parents used to be such people. If you kill any of them unlawfully, they organise to take revenge no matter how long it takes. Now for me, the danger is that if the Nigerian Army goes and wipes out a Fulani settlement, any person wearing a Nigerian Army uniform in 14 West African countries is at risk because these Fulanis may have relations in Mali, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and word would go round that the Nigerian Army has created genocide against the Fulanis and anywhere you see a person wearing a Nigerian Army Uniform, is a target for retaliation and I warned the commander that this will happen.

He did not listen and that is why I put it on the record so that when it starts happening, nobody would say he was not warned. Ultimately because of that tweet, the commander retracted his plan and they went and surrounded the settlement and searched for weapons and found none. To me, what I did averted a potential disaster but that is being put as if I tweeted something inciting anyone. If you don’t believe what I tweeted, go and do what the army wanted to do and see the consequences.

On Audu Maikori’s false story:

Audu Maikori rushed to publish a false story without checking with anyone. But before then, he had been posting fake pictures by posting Boko Haram attacks, Rwanda genocide as Southern Kaduna killings which elicited a lot of emotions on social media.

But more than that, what he posted may have led to killings and we are trying to link the dates of the posting to attacks that may have happened the next day on Fulanis and if we are able to establish that causation, as lawyers, we know what it means. It is totally irresponsible to do that.

And even when pointed out to him that this information is not true that the College of Education does not run a mass communication programme and that the school had been closed down since November, he still posted that he stands by his story.

He questioned the authenticity of the press statement. He was totally and completely irresponsible. He is going to be prosecuted. He was arrested. His statement has been taken. His fate will be decided by a judge. Its not Nasir El-Rufai. Its nothing personal. I have nothing against him. He has worked with the state government in the past.

Since we started going after people that are posting these fake pictures, we have had some sense of moderation. You cannot rush and use a platform like that without checking becaus ethere are two sides to this conflict because anything you post can elicit a reaction from one of the sides.

So we should at least be sure that what we are posting is true. And there are ways of checking, call the police or other authorities. You are rushing to get retweets and followings without regards to the fact that what you are doing could lead to more violence or loss of lives.

I am the governor of the state. I am not in this game to get following. My responsibility as governor of the state is to ensure the security of lives and property of the state and I will not allow anyone, even my own son, to do that kind of thing without consequence

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14 Comments

  1. xplorenollywood.com

    March 3, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    Erm… Mr. Governor, he has apologised, the former minister appealed to you, why are you still dragging this? Yes Audu shld have know better and even if his apology did not trend like his tweet on the killing, why not use him to build that security and trust in the state and let him be a first hand ambassador to happenings in the state! #mythoughts

    • Jade

      March 4, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Nigerians are naive, gullible to believe it’s about what Audu said, it’s beyond that. El Rufai is a tyrant and wicked man. He’s one of Buhari’s top advisers. It’s very odd that he didn’t address how fulanis, Muslims are killing others but emphasized on killing a Fulani. It’s evident by now, he’s one of the sponsors of the evil going on in the North and doesn’t care if Christians or other tribes are killed.
      My prayer is, all these evil men will fall down and die one by one. They will be victims of their own wickedness. They will be left powerless.

    • Anne

      March 5, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Release Audu. It is ok. He is not a threat .

  2. Bey

    March 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    This man is deranged.
    All he kept talking about was the killings of Fulani, he said it how many times in this interview, not once did I hear him address the killings of all other tribes.
    No problem sir in 2019 we will gladly sweep you damn fulanis from that seat of power.
    Because ya’lls brother is there, an average Fulani illiterate now thinks he’s god. Deciding who lives or dies.

    • FasholasLover

      March 3, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Buhari’s brief brother. Both cut from the same cloth. One tall, colorless and timid. The other short and often suffer from Diarrhea of the mouth. Evil men. Baboon soaked in blood. Kill Fulani and you’ll pay. These lot are the Nigerian leaders.

  3. Fifi

    March 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    Very true about the Fulanis the dont forgive, you kill one and they avenge, they are all related from the ones Nigeria to the ones in Sudan, this clash has been on going and if you read about the background of this latest one it started when some drunken Christian youths went to kill a cow and a Fulani herdsman, it ignited an already roaring flame from a couple of years ago when 5 herdsmen from Mali or Niger( cant remember) where killed and every year their kinsmen avenged their deaths till Yakowa formed a committee and i think they were compensated eventually by this or the previous administration, fulani are very deep people

    • The Real Oma

      March 3, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      @Fifi, and your point is?
      Just as i don’t get the Governor’s, i don’t get yours.
      Killing for revenge is not constitutional, whether you are Fulani or Ishekiri…

  4. Marian

    March 3, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    The governor made a statement of fact based on what exactly? Stories told to him by his great great grand parents?

    I don’t know why we keep wasting resources on the wrong things. They started well and hopefully this will make people more responsible about what they post online but it’s looking more like a witch hunt now.
    They should have linked his tweet directly to an attack before making all these noise.

    Sup with the club guy that had some females in chains at a party? Are they no longer doing press conference to update us on the case?

  5. NG

    March 3, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    It can only happen in Nigeria where the majority of the people allow Fulani imbeciles to lord it over them. Me and mine will forever be a thorn in their flesh until our ways are clear of their odious presence. Let the rest of the fearful people beg to be your slaves, we will never be cowed.

    Imagine this pretender to a human brain trying to obfuscate on his indefensible statement as if Nigerians are moronic as his lot. Imbeciles! Prosecute Maikori and walk free and let the judgment of heaven continue to rain on you and yours. Accursed dregs and dullards!

  6. madman

    March 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    EVIL MAN, EL-RUFAI IS A VERY, VERY EVIL MAN. HE IS A DEVIL.

    HE CAN PROSECUTE MAKORI BUT HE CANNOT FIND THE FULANI TERRORISTS KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN KADUNA??

    I REMEMBER ALL THE RUBBISH EL-RUFAI WROTE ABOUT GEJ. ALL THE LIES… ALL THE LIES. I WISH GEJ PROSECUTED AND KILLED EL-RUFAI THEN.

  7. madman

    March 3, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    EL-RUFAI and Omojuwa are synonymous with the DEVIL. VERY, VERY EVIL MEN.

  8. Victor Adegoke

    March 3, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    El-Rufai forgive and Forget. Abi Obi Ezeknwelisi has appealed to you on this matter.

  9. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    March 4, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Ewo! Moral of the story…if you’re not a godfather or godson of the soil, have your facts before tweeting to avoid this kain mess

  10. Idomagirl

    March 5, 2017 at 4:39 am

    If only he was this passionate about prosecuting his Fulani kinsmen who have been killing in cold blood.

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