Throwback: El-Rufai demanded Jonathan’s resignation over Chibok girls

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram invaded a school in Chibok of Borno State and kidnapped scores of girls.

One month after the kidnapping, Nasir El-Rufai, who is now the governor of Kaduna State, took the Goodluck Jonathan government to task about bringing back the Chibok girls and securing Nigeria. He told the then president to resign if he could not do his job.

El-Rufai’s comment trends again after Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds of boys from Government Science Secondary School, Kankara in President Muhammadu Buhari’s home state of Katsina.

The kidnapping came after terrorists slaughtered and beheaded 78 rice farmers in Borno. Buhari faces heavy criticisms in the light of the ongoing security crisis happening under his watch. But none of these criticisms came from his Kaduna ally who now looks like a hypocrite.

Here’s what El-Rufai said about Jonathan in 2014:

“#BringBackOurGirls Update & Message: No one else other than Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is the president of Nigeria today. Our collective security is his primary constitutional responsibility. He has full control of the military, police and security agencies. He should do his job or exit quickly so more capable hands can do it in his stead.

“The Jonathanians should therefore please stop the brainless buck-passing and absurd appeals to BH to release our girls, because when an armed robber attacks you, you send law enforcement agents after him or her. You do not appeal that he or she brings back what he stole.

“Now that Jonathan’s CDS claims the military knows where the girls are, the Jonathanians should do whatever is necessary to #BringBackOurGirls safe, sound and alive. That is their job, not mine, or any other citizen’s. Stop the annoying abdication or attempted transfer of responsibility.

“A trillion Naira of our money was voted annually since 2011 for this purpose. Whether the funds were utilized or looted is beside the point now. It is payback time!

“Leadership provides convoys and budgets but also comes with responsibility. It is not all about looting, partying, drinking and enjoying private jets. It comes with some work too, in case no one has told the Jonathanians. We appeal to them to try to work for a change!

“- Nasir El-Rufai, May 26 2014”

And here is the screenshot of the Facebook post which you can find here if he has not deleted it.

Source: Nasir El-Rufai on Facebook.

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