Talk, Act Responsibly, Middle-Belt Youth Leader Tells El-Rufai

CAN President

The National Youth Leader of Middle-Belt Forum, Jonathan Asake has advised a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasir El-Rufai to talk and act responsibly and stop denigrating those placed in position of authorities.

Asake, a former member of the House of Representatives in a statement on Monday, noted that national issues such as security challenge calls for all hands to be on deck in the spirit of national unity and cohesion.

He also cautioned the former minister to stop attacking the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, saying it is derogatory to refer to the man of God as the spokesperson of the ruling PDP.

The statement reads “Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who was a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and a man that was given the opportunity to serve in a responsible position is expected to act and talk responsibly, especially on issues concerning national challenges like insecurity. This is the time we need people to exhibit their patriotism and commitment to national unity and find solutions to the challenges which affect the country so that Nigeria can move forward.

But what we see is that people who are expected to exhibit decent behavior like El-Rufai are instead worsening the situation with their utterances. The last time on Liberty FM in Kaduna, he spoke with denigration on the person of the Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Muhammed Namadi Sambo and his office and he didn’t stop there. The recent one is about Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and its President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor where he referred to CAN President as the PRO of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). That is a libelous statement.

“The PDP of which I am a member has a National Publicity Secretary; he is not the CAN President, definitely not Oritsejafor. So I don’t know how people like El-Rufai will embark on such rascality and irresponsibility. I think it is about time he controlled his mouth and allow solutions to be found for the challenges of insecurity in the country which is affecting this nation, instead of resorting to insulting the sensibilities of Nigerians.

My final word for El-Rufai is this: the fact that he lost out in the game of power and is no longer in service does not make him embark on this retaliatory attacks and ambiguous adventure. Nigerians have given him the opportunity to serve the nation as FCT Minister and a lot of Nigerians thank him for the efforts he put in building the FCT. Let him not destroy what he has done just because he is no longer part of government.

“Frustration should not be used as an avenue for the destruction of government. He is bent on destroying the government because he has lost out of power and political relevance. El-Rufai should stop talking like a Street Boy or like an Area Boy but like a responsible person”.


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