Hadiza Ismail El-Rufai, the wife of the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir E-Rufai has denied being a part of her husband’s government on Twitter, after being criticized for not speaking up about the recent insecurity issues in the state.
The First lady was condemned for rather celebrating her 80,000th followers on Twitter.
“Yay! 80,000 followers…How many more followers do I need in order to qualify as an ‘influenza’? She had posted.
Kaduna State, especially the southern communities has been under incessant attacks by suspected herdsmen, but in what was perceived as insensitivity by many, the Governor’s wife used twitter as a platform to express her ‘need’ for ‘a new body’.
When attacked by those irritated by the post, Hadiza said; “Did any of you see ‘First Lady’ in my bio? My TL is for language, humour and other light-hearted issues. I don’t tweet about serious matters like governance and politics. Though I’m married to a governor, I’m not a part of government. I swore no oath’’.
Some twitter users fired back, reminding her of how she had campaigned for her husband to win the elections.
@Divvie wrote; “yes ma, like ask about when to become an ‘influenza’ while an ongoing genocide is happening in your state of government, enjoy the priviledges then cry foul when tables are turned. Forget tweets and timeline, you owe them compassion and care as a mother, a presumed leader, an online teacher and a wife”.
@Okikiade said; “not all people advocating for Southern Kaduna are related to the government, but the human in them wouldn’t allow them celebrate unnecessarily while people are being killed in their backyards. As a muslim, you should know that the prophet S.A.W wives were not chosen as prophets”.
Another tweet from @AssuranceOyi said; “thank you very much madam el-rufai. People losing their lives in southern kaduna is too serious to tweet about jare. No need to lend your voice to condemn the violence after all you didn’t swear an oath”.
The recent massive killings of Nigerians in Kaduna while adhering strictly to the stay at home order by the Federal and State governments following the outbreak of the coronavirus, had spurred reactions from the Presidency, the state government and other concerned Nigerians. Senator Danjuma La’ah, Senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial District reacted saying plans had been put in place on how people of the zone would defend themselves. Also worried by the herders’ activities, Umar Barde, representing Chikun/Kahuru Federal Constituency, expressed worry over how the criminals carried out their inhuman acts despite the lockdown occasioned by covid-19.