The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that his comment on foreign interference was not a call for violence.
El-Rufai who denied calling for violence against the forthcoming election, explained that his comment was for powerful defense of sovereignty.
He stated this in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan.
The governor added that he is opposed to violence but is committed to peace and harmony.
The statement read in part, “He stood up for Nigeria’s dignity in the wake of those who would traduce their country and reduce it to the status of a colony in their vain quest for power.
“The video of his comments is in circulation. Any fair-minded person with modest familiarity with the English language and unimpaired comprehension can understand it. It does not contain any call for violence.
“It is a powerful defense of sovereignty. Are some sections of our political class implying that they will acquiesce in or collaborate with foreign intervention in our country?
“Non-interference in the affairs of other countries is a basic principle of international law. Threatening to intervene in another country implies the use of force. Those who are basing their electoral calculations on foreign intervention need to be discouraged. Only the lawful votes of the Nigerian people should make or unmake governments”.
Recall that it was earlier reported that Governor El-Rufai in an interview on NTA’s Tuesday Live had said that those who attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of the country would return to their countries in body bags.
His media spokesman, Aruwan said such statements are what one should expect to hear from a patriot.