Nigerians have taken to social media, especially Twitter, to express mixed reactions to remarks made by the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
El-Rufai on Tuesday threatened that foreigners who will intervene in the forthcoming general elections, will “go back in body bags”.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor made the threat, when he featured on NTA Tuesday Live programme anchored by Cyril Stober.
“Those that are calling for anyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that will come and intervene.
“They will go back in body bags because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country,” he said.
Some of the reactions have been of anger and bemusement, while others tried to explain the rationale behind El-Rufai’s comments.
DAILY POST has curated some of the tweets below:
@rickieflamez: One day we will let El rufai and Buhari know they are not the only ones with monopoly of violence, if they want blood, we will drown ourselves in it.
@elnathan_john: Y’all deserve El Rufai. I hope he wins elections. He publicly swore to deal with Audu for a tweet, young Nigerians applauded. He buried Shiites, harassed columnists, Nigerian writer-hustlers wrote articles in his defense, oh savior of northern literature. Enjoy your body bags!s Elnathan @elnathan_john
@AishaYesufu: Dear Governor Nasir El Rufai @elrufai
Just so you know, nobody has monopoly of violence! You keep waving violence at us as if you alone own it. YOU DON’T!
Body bags we already are used to in APC government!
Zamfara bled yesterday. They have been bleeding. We all have bled!!!!
@Sir_BiolaPr: I just watched the El Rufai video, Was irrational but then objectively He said “INTERVENE ” not “OBSERVE”. Stop thinking with Your emotions please foreign bodies “OBSERVE” not “INTERVENE ” in elections.”
@UcheBriggs:” I find it quite interesting that young people actively support El Rufai. Like people who claim to be students of Nigeria’s history.”
@OlorogunErnest:” El rufai will be difficult to defeat in Kaduna state as the PDP seems to lack some momentum in Kaduna state.”
@chosensomto:” El Rufai is threatening foreign countries that protected him when he ran on exile, with body bags. He’s not very smart; I wonder who will take him this time. @elrufai and his family should be placed on travel ban by Peace-loving countries .”
@Swaggzeez1: ”This El Rufai man seems to be a lover of violence.”
@Tobi_Flink: ”Guys, Rufai must not be a President for one day.”
@Salttybarber: ”El Rufai has always been like this, it’s just that he is at the other side of the politics now that people are noticing it.. He delt with Audu and everyone kept quite over a tweet..”
@Odumake: ”El Rufai says International Observers during elections will go back in BODY BAGS. That is, they will kill oyibos that come to Nigeria to “interfere” in our elections.”
@MKabrik: ”Silly, despicable, irresponsible statement from the fellow known as El Rufai. Outright stupidity kawai.”