Jonathan knows oil thieves –El-Rufai
From ABDULGAFAR ALABELEWE, Kaduna
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Nasir El-Rufai has alleged that President Goodluck Jonathan knows Nigeria’s crude oil thieves. He added that the President was aware that they were using the money to prepare for war against Nigeria.
El-Rufai had said one of the misfortunes of the Jonathan Presidency was the infusion of religion and ethnicity into Nigerian politics, thereby encouraging division in the country.
He condemned Jonathan’s call for US government’s intervention to stop crude oil theft, adding that “Jonathan knows those who are stealing crude oil, he knows what they are doing with the money, they are preparing for war and Nigeria will defeat them.”
According to him, “This country has gone through one civil war and I don’t know if any country has survived two civil wars. Those who are stealing crude oil and buying arms and stockpiling them should know that it’s not the number of arms that determines who wins a war. So they should think deeply and learn from history. One who doesn’t learn from history will be a victim of history.”
Speaking as the guest of the week on Liberty FM Radio, yesterday, Malam El-Rufai who is also the Deputy National Secretary of All Progressive Congress, (APC) faulted the “Jonathan administration’s slant, adding “it is unfortunate for someone coming from a minority ethnic group. His best bet is to deemphasize that, and try to make the whole of Nigeria his constituency”.
“Unfortunately, Jonathan’s political handlers thought that if they introduce religion they will be able to divide the north, and get the Christian part of the North to vote for Jonathan. And if they introduce ethnicity, does it mean they will get the whole of the South?. That’s their winning strategy, and now they are surprised, that after dividing the country they are finding it difficult to get the cooperation of everyone.”
“Politics is not about religion, neither is it about ethnicity. Politics is about delivering services to the people and when you are good everyone will benefit. Our religion is private to us, our ethnicity is an accident of birth.”