Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has assured his people that he holds no hatred for the Christians living in the State. He had been questioned for considering the Christians when he picked his Muslim running mate, but he has now stated that the choice was not borne out of any religious or ethnic bias.
Speaking at a Town Hall meeting with a group of pastors under the auspices of ‘Pastors United For Change Association’ held in the state, El-Rufai has this to say;
In my life, I have never worked with people based on religious and ethnic consideration. Don’t look at what people said but what I have done in the past. Go through my records and see what I have done. On the issue of my running mate, we are encouraging women participation in politics. She is a competent woman.
Late Prof. Andrew Nok, our late commissioner for education, brought Hadiza Balarabe when we were looking for someone that can revive our primary health in the state and she performed excellently well.
I don’t know her before. Her choice as a running mate has nothing to do with religion. I am confident that my running mate will run the state effectively and will be fair to all in the state even if I am not around.
Check our records. In the last three years and six months, we have worked. We built, repaired primary, secondary schools. We fixed our primary health centers. I am human and I can make mistakes, like any other person.
I will be fair to everybody. We must unite our people for progress. I want Kaduna State to interact on the basis of humanity, not religion and ethnicity.
There are some shifts in some local government areas in Southern Kaduna, which favored us, (with) which we will win this election.