The Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has assured Christians in the state that he has nothing against them.
Speaking during a Town Hall meeting with a group of pastors under the auspices of Pastors United For Change Association in Kaduna, El-Rufai said decisions taken under his administration were not based on religion and ethnicity.
The governor explained that his choice of running mate, Dr.Hadiza Balarabe, from Sanga Local Government Area of Southern Kaduna was purely on her capacity to deliver and not religious sentiment.
The governor said he has been working with people around him based on competence to get results not minding their tribe or religion and called on residents to unite for progress of the state.
He said, “in my life I have never worked with people based on religious and ethnic considerations.
“Don’t look at what people say but what I have done in the past. Go through my records and see what I have done. On the issue of my running mate, we are encouraging women participation in politics and she is a competent woman”.
The governor said he is confident that his running mate will run the state effectively and will be fair to all.
“Check our records in the last three years and six months, we have worked. We built, repaired primary and secondary schools. We fixed our primary health centres. I am human and I can make mistakes like any other person. I will be fair to everybody. We must unite our people for progress. I want Kaduna State to interact on the basis of humanity not religion and ethnicity.
“There are some shifts in some local government areas in Southern Kaduna which favour us and we will win this election,” El-Rufai said as reported by Daily Trust.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of Pastors United for Change Association, Apostle David Adeniran, said with the governor’s explanation on issues, they now understand that he wants a united Kaduna without religious or ethnic consideration.
He said: “Our sincere clergy men and women, thank you for honouring the invitation. I believe many of you will go home with a new thinking that something good is happening in Kaduna. This is a new Kaduna State. We are here to interact on the next level in Kaduna State. Kaduna State will be better for all of us”.