Former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, and former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nasir El-Rufai yesterday warned that some sponsored elements were planning to constitute violence in Kano today Friday.
He claimed that the elements planned to start protesting immediately after Juma’at prayers after being paid to make the state ungovernable, a situation that would give the presidency an excuse to declare state of emergency in Kano and depose the new Emir.
He said, “Tomorrow is Friday. We have credible information that Jonathanians in Kano and their agents have received huge sums of money to get youths to protest massively and cause mayhem after the Juma’at prayers.
“The Jonathanians hope the protests will lead to violence, destruction and loss of lives, while the federal security agencies watch helplessly, thus giving President Jonathan the excuse to declare a state of emergency in Kano State, remove Governor Kwankwaso and depose Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.
“This plan will fail. By God’s Grace, tomorrow’s Juma’at prayers in Kano will be uneventful except for special prayers for the repose of Late Emir Ado Bayero,” El-Rufai said.
He urged the governor to do everything within his ability to maintain peace in the face of provocation.
“Those who wish for violence, plan it against innocent people, or use the offspring of the poor, needy and illiterate by putting them recklessly in harm’s way will face the wrath of Almighty God.
“I join others in appealing to Governor Kwankawaso and the citizens of Kano to maintain the peace and good order that exists in Kano, and exercise restraint in the face of blood-thirsty Jonathanian provocation.
“We shall overcome these Jonathanian challenges and Kano and indeed the whole of Nigeria will prosper. The enemies of our nation and people that pretend to be leaders during the day, while planning the murder of citizens at night, will reap what they are sowing, by God’s Grace,” El-Rufai added.