Story By Sunday Akanji, Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Recently Governor Nasir El- Rufai stated that one of the the greatest influence in his life was Pastor Tunde Bakare.
He disclosed this while refuting insinuations that he is an Islamist fundamentalist.
The Governor said the Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church is the one who introduced him to General Muhammadu Buhari.
He stated this while answering questions from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in Kaduna State. The Governor denied the assertion that he is an Islamic Fanatic.
Governor Nasir El- Rufai argued that his cabinet is not filled with Muslims alone and that he has people from at least thirteen different states of Nigeria serving in his cabinet.
He also revealed that he is not an active member of any Islamic group.
In his words: ” They have called me all sorts of names; they said I am a Hausa- Fulani irredentist, I am Jihadist and that All, Jihadist when? where? I am not even an active member of any Islamic organization.
” I am a Muslim, yes, a devote one but, I believe religion is private.
” Looke around me and see, I am not surrounded only by Muslims, this government is the only state in this country that has at least people from 13 other states of the Federation as cabinet members.
” One of the most influential persons in my life, one of my closest political associates, is Pastor Tunde Bakare. It was Pastor Tunde Bakare that actually introduced me to Buhari and CPC (Congress For Progressive Change). I didn’ t join the CPC because Buhari lives in Kaduna or he is a Northerner. So, if I am an Islamic Jihadist, why will Pastor Tunde Bakare be speaking with me? “he queried.