Kaduna Governor cautions mischief makers on Social Media

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna state, North-West Nigeria.

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has advised those involved in peddling false stories through social media platforms to desist, as it has the tendency of advancing the course of enemies of the country.

The Governor gave the advise on Friday, while speaking to Journalists after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He again debunked recent claims in the social media that he was involved in a ghastly car accident.

He said: “I came to see Mr. President after my re-election as governor because immediately after the election I took a break. I came back to report to him that I was not involved in an accident, I’m alive, I am not in coma and also to discuss other issues related to my state.

“My advice to everyone in Nigeria is to avoid forwarding stories that have not been verified. Social media provides platform for disseminating information but it is also a platform for dissemination of lies and hatred. We should be very careful that we don’t use this platform to advance the cause of the enemies of this country. 

“I was never involved in any accident, I was not near any accident and infact at the time I was supposed to be involved in an accident, I was in an aircraft going to another country. But somebody sat and concocted this story and we are trying to trace who started it because criminal proceedings can be initiated against the person. Sometimes it is very difficult to know who started it but we are on it. My advice is that we should rely on reliable news medium, not just any platform or any blog. Unless we hear something from a very reliable news medium, we should be reluctant to begin sharing it as if it is true.”

 Atiku’s Claim

On claims by the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar that he won the election in Kaduna State, the Governor said Atiku can only do so in his dream

“Well, I heard about that. Initially, I thought it was a joke and when I checked I saw clearly that he said he won Kaduna. It must be in his dreams.

“Let me say this without any fear of contradiction, since President Buhari started contesting for the presidency since 2003, he has never lost Kaduna. So, PDP has never won elections in Kaduna from 2003, even with a sitting Governor in 2003, 2007, and 2011. It has never happened. I don’t know what will happen that Atiku will win Kaduna in these elections. He lost Kaduna, he lost very badly, even the about 100,000 votes he claimed to have got were added because of elections conducted without card reader in some parts of the state, that’s how he even got up to the400,000 that he got. He has lost Kaduna, he will always lose Kaduna and he will lose Kaduna 10 more times because he has never won Kaduna in any Presidential elections.”

He said the results the PDP is claiming it got from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, the Governor said it was not true.

“Well, I don’t about INEC server; it must be Atiku’s server. I don’t know about INEC server, we don’t know how they had access to it, they will tell us during the tribunal proceedings what is this server and how they got access to it and how they got their numbers. You do not go to court in an election petition by quoting INEC server or any other server. Anyone can create a server, I can go an buy it, it is a piece of equipment and call it INEC server. But that does not mean that it amounts to anything, we are guided by the electoral act and the evidence act and other enabling legislation and he has to proof his case. But anyone can make claims; we live in the age of fake news and fake claims. Anyone can make claims but you have to proof it,” he said.