|Senator Shehu Sani|
The lawmaker, however, could not provide details on where and when el-Rufai made the speech when contacted by Saturday PUNCH.
In the video, which was sent to Saturday PUNCH, el-Rufai said, “Our founding fathers maintained the regions; maintained the divisions because it benefitted them politically. I know it is not politically correct to say that Ahmadu Bello, (Nnamdi) Azikiwe and (Obafemi) Awolowo did something wrong, but they did. They did not work hard enough to build a nation; they maintained what they found and they benefitted politically from it.”
Sani, in the Facebook post, however dissociated himself and the people of Kaduna-Central from el-Rufai’s criticism of Bello.
The post read, “On behalf of myself and the good people of Kaduna-Central, the very district where the late Sardauna of Sokoto and the Premier of Northern Nigeria lived, served and was cruelly murdered by mutinous soldiers, I wish to unreservedly disassociate the good people of Kaduna-Central from any demeaning utterances or denigrating innuendos by any person or group of persons against the Sardauna or any of the founding fathers of Nigeria.
“Sir Ahmadu Bello lived for his people and was murdered for his people and his principles; and we appreciate his exceptional, outstanding service and sacrifice to the North and to Nigeria.
“We equally also wholeheartedly appreciate the sacrifice and service of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo and late Owelle of Onitcha, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. They fought for our freedom and laid the foundation for our nationhood. Kaduna City, Kaduna-Central and I believe the entire people of Kaduna State, the North and Nigeria remain ever grateful.” SHARE YOUR STORY WITH US VIA EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO RECEIVE NEWS VIA OUR WHATSAPP, KINDLY TEXT +234 701 056 0394 TO ADD YOU CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL FOR NEWS UPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN US ON TWITTER FOR INSTANT NEWS UPDATE: @247NGNEWSUPDATE CLICK HERE TO JOIN MILLIONS AROUND THE GLOBE TO READ NEWS ON OUR FACEBOOK FAN PAGE FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE RECEIVE INSTANT NEWS UPDATE VIA OUR BBM BROADCAST: D3EDEFDF PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>