Following a statement credited to him in Thursday’s edition of ThisDay newspaper, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and Deputy National Secretary, All Progressives Congress has been summoned by the State Security Service (SSS). Street Journal gathered that the former Minister was invited to clarify the statement and he is expected to appear at the headquarters of the SSS in Abuja on Friday. over a statement attributed to him in the Thursday edition of ThisDay newspapers.
Apparently warning that the next general elections might be trailed by riots and loss of lives, El-Rufai was quoted as saying, “the next election is likely to be violent and many people will lose their lives. The only way to take power is by force and that is the reality on ground”
The former Minister who is known to be generous with his criticism of the Jonathan administration had accused INEC of incompetence. He based his argument on the postulation that if the electoral commission was not able to organise credible elections in Anambra and Delta states, it would be almost impossible to expect free and fair elections to be conducted in 2015.
Apart from expressing his lack of confidence in the electoral umpire, he expressed disappointment at the lack of preparedness of security agencies to ensure free and fair polls in 2015.
The SSS has warned politicians against making comments capable of heating up the polity, hence the invitation extended to Malam Nasir el-Rufai.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Marilyn Ogar, the image maker of the SSS stated that “such comments are offensive, misguided and durected at stirring hate among Nigerians”.
Thw statement also read that “we therefore warn all subversive elements that are bent on promoting divisive and disruptive agenda to refrain from such as the full weight of the law shall henceforth be brought to bear accordingly.
The invitation has been confirmed by the forner Minister’s Media Adviser, Muyiwa Adekeye. He has however disclosed that his principal would not honour the invitation. Sometime ago, el-Rufai was picked up at the airport while waiting to board an aircraft. He was released after a period of questioning.