The Council of Imams and Ulamas in Kaduna State has strongly criticized the Senate’s decision to withhold confirmation of Nasir El-Rufai, the former Governor of Kaduna State, as a ministerial nominee.
The Council believes that this rejection is a result of petitions submitted by Christians and Shiites, and they view it as an unjust response to these complaints.
During a press conference held in Kaduna State, representatives of the Council of Imams and Ulamas expressed their discontent with the Senate’s rationale for not confirming El-Rufai. They stated that relying on the petitions of Christian and Shiite groups to deny El-Rufai the ministerial position is a biased and unwarranted decision.
Imam Muhammad Kassim, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Imams and Ulamas, voiced the collective concerns of his colleagues. He questioned the Senate’s reliance on petitions from the Christian and Shiite communities as the primary basis for denying El-Rufai’s confirmation. Imam Kasshim argued that such petitions are driven by personal biases and do not provide a fair assessment of El-Rufai’s qualifications.
The Muslim clerics rejected the allegations made by Christian and Shiite groups in their petitions, deeming them as unfounded and sensationalized.
They suggested that the individuals behind these complaints might be motivated by their own agendas rather than genuine concerns.
The Council of Imams and Ulamas appealed to the Senate to reconsider its decision and give due consideration to Nasir El-Rufai’s competence and track record.
They emphasized that rejecting him solely based on these petitions would not serve the best interests of the nation.