Any Foreigner Who Intervenes In Our Elections Will Be Killed, El-rufai Threatens

Nasir El-rufai

Nasir El-rufai, governor of Kaduna State, has threatened that any foreigner who intervenes in the forthcoming general election will be killed.

Mr El-rufai handed down the threat when he featured on a live programme on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Tuesday. The broadcast was anchored by veteran broadcaster, Cyril Stober.

The threat comes a week after President Muhammadu Buhari and his party the All Progressive Congress warned against foreign interference as the nation goes to elect its leader next weekend.

The United State of America, the European Union and the United Kingdom were major countries who condemned the alleged unconstitutional suspension of Walter Onnoghen, embattled Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Mr Onnoghen, accused of non-declaration of assets and money laundering was suspended last month by Buhari. The action has generated reactions from across the nation and beyond with his action mostly condemned.

This forced the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to sought help from the international communities in a bid to prevent the election from being rigged.

For the Kaduna Governor, any foreigner who intervenes in the election would pay dearly with his or her life.

“Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that would come and intervene, they would go back in body bags,” the governor was quoted by Premium Times as saying.

Body bags are bags used for carrying corpses.

“Nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country. We have got our independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible and we know the history of those countries that are trying to teach us.

We know their history, we also know their own stages of development and they went through these challenges. So, please let us work together, let us challenge one another but don’t lecture us,” the governor was quoted by Punch Newspaper as saying.

During his days in the opposition, President Buhari enjoyed foreign support from the international communities against then government of Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr Jonathan highlighted this to be one of the reasons he lost re-election to Buhari who had sought the exalted office severally.

At his presidential campaign in Kano last week, the president also enjoyed the foreign support for Niger Republic when two state governors from the country led a 60 man delegation to grace the event.

Meanwhile, the opposition PDP has threatened war if the presidential election is rigged by the ruling APC.