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$9.3m deal: Kaduna Youths Blast El-Rufai For ‘Abusing’ Oritsejafor- Omojuwa


Some youths in Kaduna State on
Sunday carpeted a former Minister of
the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam
Nasir el-Rufai, for disparaging the
President, Christian Association of
Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, over the
latter’s alleged involvement in the
$9.3m smuggled cash into
Johannesburg, South Africa.
Two Nigerians and an Israeli were
arrested with the money in a private
jet, allegedly owned by the CAN
The money was said to be meant for
the procurement of arms for
intelligence agencies in Nigeria.
The money, valued at about R102m,
was frozen by the South African
authorities. Ever since, controversies
have continued to trail the smuggled
money, with fingers allegedly pointing
at the CAN president.
However, the youths, under the aegis of
the Kaduna Patriotic Youths for
Development, condemned the former
FCT minister, who is eyeing the
governorship seat in Kaduna State in
2015, over a comment they claimed
disparaged the personality of


The youths, in a statement made
available to newsmen in Kaduna on
Sunday by the National Coordinator, Mr.
Danladi Husseini-Abubakar, and the
General Secretary, Ishaku Irimiya,
respectively, said the attack on the CAN
leader was an attack on all Christians
as well as the Church of God, which
must not be taken lightly.
According to the statement, the former
minister’s audacity for calling the CAN
leader ‘irresponsible’ was a reminder of
el-Rufai’s tyrannical reign as the
minister of FCT under the
administration of ex-President Olusegun
They, therefore, called on the former
minister to retract the negative
statement and tendered apology to the
‘man of God.’
The statement said, “It is unfortunate
that the former minister has remained
consistent in his quest to smear the
CAN President and indeed the Church
of God. This is not the first time El-
Rufa’i has deployed his verbal venom
and obvious deep hate for the CAN
leader and indeed the organisation and
community he leads.
“We view el-Rufa’i’s penchant for using
abusive and berating statements against
CAN leadership as a crass display of
arrogance and disrespect for the entire
Christian community in Nigeria, which
Pastor Oritsejafor leads.
”The former minister is known for his
disrespect for elders and leaders at all
levels in this country. Little wonder he
has no one to guide his actions which
are becoming inimical to the credibility
of his own personality as an accidental
“Nigerians will never forget how el-Rufai
flouted court injunctions to
indiscriminately demolish homes while
rendering thousands of families
homeless, including the highly
respected late Justice Bashir Sambo,
whom he threw out of his home in the
middle of a storm.”
The group also urged the people of the
state to be wary of the former
minister’s plot to contest the 2015
governorship election in the state on
the platform of the All Progressives
“Kaduna people must be wary of this
accidental politician, who has no respect
for human dignity. We have fear for the
people and we want them to reject el-
Rufa’i and halt his inordinate political
ambition even before the primary
election of his party. It is clear that his
arrogance has not left him and he
certainly plans to unleash another
regime of tyranny on the people,” it

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