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El-rufai Recounts How He Was Attacked In Kafanchan, Calls It Leadership Burden


SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, (THEWILL) – The Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has narrated how his convoy was attacked in Kafanchan, Jema'a local government of the state, confirming that he and his entourage were pelted with stones by protesters.

In a statement on Wednesday by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, he added that the window glasses of some of the vehicles in his convoy were shattered after he addressed some demonstrators.

El-Rufai said he was in Kafanchan on Tuesday with his entourage to hold the state security council meeting when three women led protesters to ask him certain questions.

The statement reads in part, “The governor and his entourage were pelted with stones by irate mob who were protesting against the frequent killings by bandits in communities in the southern part of the state. Windscreen of some of the vehicles were destroyed during the incident.”

“In the name of God, I am begging you. No one should take the law into his or her hand over what happened in Kafanchan.

“Although it is unfortunate, but we must rise above induced prejudice and hatred. We must defeat hate with patience, love and dedication to duty and not eye for an eye.

“It is also a burden of leadership and we will, by the special grace of God, overcome these forces of darkness who are dividing our citizens using religion, ethnicity and politics. I commend the high sense of professionalism exhibited by security personnel.

“I listened to three of the women who led the protesters as they asked me questions. I answered them and even invited them to a larger meeting, but they went on rampage and burnt the residence of the local government chairman.

“The government of Kaduna State and the Security Council sympathise with the chairman of Jema'a local government, Dr.Bege Katuka and his family over the unfortunate incident that led to the burning of their home. Our prayers and support go with them.”

While describing the attack as unfortunate, El-Rufai warned that that there must be no reaction to the incident other than a continued commitment to restore peace and harmony.