Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, might have caved in to stress from some Nigerians who opposed his being listed as a speaker on the 2021 version of The Platform, an annual convention organised by the Senior Pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos, Poju Oyemade.
The programme was themed, ‘Is Devolution of Powers The Answer To Nigeria’s Issues’.
The programme featured audio system together with Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Discussion board and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi; Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah; former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka; ex-President of Nigerian Bar Affiliation, Olisa Agbakoba, amongst others.
Nevertheless, El-Rufai, who was introduced as one of many audio system on the occasion, was conspicuously absent from the programme on Saturday.
Efforts to get the feedback of the Particular Adviser on Media and Communication to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, proved abortive as calls to his line had been unanswered and he was but to reply to a textual content message despatched to his line by our correspondent as of the time of submitting this report.
Additionally, the organisers of the programme didn’t give any purpose why El-Rufai was not current on the occasion.
Some Twitter customers had kicked towards the selection of El-Rufai as a speaker on The Platform when the flyer inviting folks to the occasion went viral with the governor as one of many audio system.
@sojjyrem100 tweeted, “El-Rufai ought to by no means be allowed to share #ThePlatform with different leaders of ideas.”
@firstladyship had tweeted, “El-Rufai is well-known to all. There may be nothing he must say at The Platform, he hasn’t mentioned already. Nigeria Church buildings should be very cautious of whom they provide their platforms to.”
@ronaldnzimora additionally wrote, “Anybody and I imply anybody, placing El-Rufai on their platform is somebody you shouldn’t belief and keep distant from.”
@Favbreed1 additionally acknowledged, “Pricey @pastorpoju, NBA withdrew the invitation for @elrufai the governor of Kaduna State. Please recall that Southern Kaduna Christians had been slaughtered below his watch with little or no assist for them. The Church of Christ mustn’t have him on their stage #BoycottThePlatform
Final August, the Nigerian Bar Affiliation withdrew its invitation to El-Rufai, following protests from some attorneys. The attorneys had faulted the NBA for inviting el-Rufai, citing his alleged poor human rights report and his incapability to cease the killings, significantly in southern Kaduna.