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N423 Billion Theft: “Don’t go after El-rufai” – Muslim Group issues warning

The Muslim Rights Concern Group, MURIC has condemned moves to probe a Former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufai, over an alleged theft of N423 billion.

An ad hoc committee set up by the Kaduna State House of Assembly to investigate all finances, loans and contracts awarded under Nasir El-Rufai’s administration submitted its report on Wednesday, indicting the ex-governor and some of his appointees of siphoning N423bn state funds..

Reacting to the development via a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA on Thursday, the group condemned the move stating that it was ‘ill-advised’.

“The special committee set up by the Kaduna State House of Assembly has recommended that the former governor of the state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, should be probed (https://www.crimechannels.com/el-rufai-administration-to-be-probed-for-abuse-of-office-money-laundering/#google_vignette).

“MURIC received the news with a pinch of salt. There can be no clean motive behind the attempt. Those who want to probe El-Rufai are not looking for stolen money. It is political vendetta. They are out to stain Mallam’s good name using falsehood, manipulations and manufactured figures as their weapons. It is unsavory, laughable and preposterous. It is an ill-advised move.”

“The current administration in Kaduna will do well to concentrate on building on the enviable achievements of the former governor instead of digging pits for his predecessor. Introducing politics of bitterness to Kaduna State is alien to the political culture and tradition laid down by the great Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto.”

“Any attempt to de-market El-Rufai today is an attempt at undermining the possibility of a continued handshake across the Niger which was characterized by the North-South-West alliance in the February 2023 election. El-Rufai’s role in making the alliance a fait accompli gave Kaduna State special prominence. Therefore, only those who do not wish Kaduna State and, by extension, the North, well can promote the idea of probing El-Rufai.”

“Any attempt by Kaduna lawmakers to shake the status quo is politically naïve, myopic and kindergarten. Kaduna politicians should stop searching for a needle in a whole collection of haystacks.”

 

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

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