Shehu Sani Shades El-Rufai Over Hate Speech, Hypocrisy

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The senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district in the National Assembly, Sen. Shehu Sani, has shaded the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai over the governor’s intolerance to dissent.

Sani’s point was conveyed in a Friday tweet via his verified Twitter handle.

The senator, who did not mention el-Rufai by name, accused him of hypocrisy.

He said the governor was fond of insulting people and engaging in dissemination of hate speech when speaking Hausa language and condemning same when speaking in English.

According to Sani, who is famed for speaking in parables on social media, “It’s the style of this Governor; to engage in hate speech, insult and incite people whenever he is speaking in Hausa Language. And to speak ‘responsibly’ against violence and for peace whenever he is speaking in English.”

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The political enmity between Sani and el-Rufai led to the senator’s recent defection from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP).

El-Rufai is a leading APC governor who has been accused of stifling dissent and opposition voices.

The governor was alleged to have described the three senators from the state as “irresponsible” after they kicked against his plan to borrow some funds on behalf of the state.

A journalist, Segun Onibiyo, was also arrested by the police in the state in November allegedly on the orders of Governor el-Rufai.

Onibiyo was alleged to have shared an anti-Buhari comment on his Facebook page.

Responding, el-Rufai tweeted: “Whether you forget or not, Segun is in prison custody for incitement, malicious falsehood and hate speech, on the orders of a court of law.

“More like him that incite to kill or destroy property will be prosecuted in Kaduna State, no matter what you tweet!”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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