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Even if I choose the Pope as Running Mate, 67% of Christians in Southern Kaduna won’t vote for me – El-Rufai | WATCH



Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has defended his choice of a Muslim Hadiza Balarabe as running mate.

El-Rufai said this while speaking on Channels Television‘s Sunrise Daily.

“What if I tell you that no matter who I choose as my running mate, even if I choose the Pope, 67 per cent of the Christians in Southern Kaduna have made up their minds that they will never vote for me. This is what the polls show,” El-Rufai said when asked if he’s not worried about losing votes from Christians because of his choice.

He continued:

So for me, that is not the issue. The issue is this. Kaduna State is divided; it needs to be united. The way to begin to unite it is to take religion or ethnicity off the table. Since 1992, every deputy governor of Kaduna has been a Christian. What has it done for the state? Has it united the state? Has it assuaged the feelings of the Christian minority that they are part of the government?

My current deputy governor (Barnabas Yusuf Bala Bantex) is a Christian and I didn’t pick him because he is Christian, I picked him because we were colleagues from university and I know him to be a brilliant, focused and just man; but did that change anything? In fact, what it did was to bring disrespect to him. No one respected him in Southern Kaduna because he is in what they call an Islamic party. So, there are complicated issues in Kaduna which people sitting from a distance will not understand.

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  1. Tamuno

    January 18, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    How little can this man become with his hate for Christianity. And when did the pope become Christ that Christians would want to support you because of him?

  2. Sigh

    January 18, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Why didnt you also mention that you are not liked because you looked the other way when your people were being killed? You even attested to paying off bandits!

    What of the muslims that detest you? shiites? or the ones you sacked maliciously and havent paid,? to th extent that they even held a prayer for your government to fail….

    dubious fellow

  3. Gee

    January 18, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    He is speaking as if he is not a religious person, people in Kaduna state do no like him for many reasons, does not necessarily have anything to do with him being a muslim, he should stop making it about religion. El-Rufai is simply not good for my state – Period.

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