Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Deputy National Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of playing politics of religion and ethnicity in the country.
El-Rufai who spoke on a Liberty radio guest of the week programme in Kaduna on Saturday alleged that the issue of ethnicity flaunted by the president is usually at its peak each time the excess crude accounts and the subsidy matters are discussed.
The APC deputy National Secretary also accused the president of battering the trust and confidence of Nigerians in the country, saying that whoever emerges the president in 2015 election should have as his first task, the responsibility of building trust and confidence among the various ethnic groups.
His words: “Whenever there is a big issue about Excess Crude account or subsidy issue, they bring this issue of ethnicity and religion. But I have not lost hope because I know that Nigerians can see through their pranks and their game and will vote them out in the next election. The challenge for the next president is to build trust among the various ethnic groups so that Nigeria can walk towards one direction.
The former minister, who also accused the president of dragging the country down the treacherous part of another civil war, lamented that countries who had passed through civil wars for the first time, hardly survive the second phase of such dastardly occurrence.
He alleged that the president and his kinsmen steal Nigerian oil and use the proceeds to buy arms in preparation for war.
“This country has gone through one civil war; I don’t know of any country that can survive two civil wars and those that are stealing crude oil; buying and stockpiling arms should know it is not the number of arms you have that decides who wins a war. Otherwise, the USA would have won in Iraq, but they couldn’t and at the end they had to leave the Iraqi to solve their problems.
“So, they should think very deeply about what they are doing and learn from history. I know that Nigeria will survive these bad and incompetent leaders who steal during the day and drink and womanise at night instead of working for the Nigerian people,” el-Rufai stated.
The APC chieftain lamented that Jonathan’s kinsmen – Asari Dokubo and Chief Edwin Clarke talk without restraints, saying that the duo talk this unsparingly after the president given them fat envelopes from the villa.
“There are many agents confronting the Nigerian nation. What is very worrying is the kind of rhetoric that is going on in this country, a lot of which are being sanctioned by the government. For example, whenever Asari Dokubo speaks, just know that a week earlier, he had been called to the villa and given some money and whenever E.K Clarke speaks, you know it was arranged.
“What type of a country do we have where there is no one to call people to order? It is sad. Again, it is this political strategy of Jonathan to always use ethnicity and religion whenever there is a problem.”
He also took on the PDP, saying, “PDP has become a virus that is infesting and destroying the country and because they are not doing anything productive, they have changed our politics to that of ethnicity and religion to divert attention from their incompetence, lack of capacity and their looting of the treasury. So, PDP has become a clear and perfect danger to the existence of Nigeria as a nation and the prosperity of its people. So, it is a toxic party and should be destroyed.
El-Rufai expressed concerns about the future of the country, saying, “Nigeria has a population of about 170 million and every year, about six million babies are born. What this means as far as policy making is concerned is that within the next 20 years, those babies will need at least three million jobs because from the six million, one million will die from avoidable illnesses.
“Any responsible government should be thinking of these challenges. My concern is that not much is being done and the environment is not conducive at all. Electricity supply is going down and industries are dying while competition from China is killing the little industrial base that we have and our leaders are not making the environment attractive,” he added.