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PRESS RELEASE: Nasir el-Rufai Issues Public Apology Over Controversial Jesus Tweet

Hello Friends. I have been travelling and trying to catch some sleep in between the last 24 hours and missed all the furore arising from my retweet of Ogunyemi Bukola’s (@zebbook) joke, Maku et al and Jesus. I must say I am taken aback by the extent of desperate misrepresentation of what was an innocuous attempt to show the godlessness of the Jonathanians to denigrate anyone that dares to ask them to be accountable.

To those who were genuinely offended by the retweet, I apologize. I did not meant to offend anyone, neither did the @zebbook I know and featured as one of the Young Voices in my Friday Column. Jesus or Isa Alaihis Salaam is a respected prophet of Islam. Every Muslim accepts this in addition to his miraculous virgin birth. It is therefore absurd for any Muslim believer to disrespect Jesus Christ.

I hope those in this class will see my point of view and accept my apologies for any offense or disappointment caused. And I advise everyone to read @zebbook’s timeline and mine to read EXACTLY what was tweeted rather than the second-hand reports of certain people who ALWAYS twist whatever I write or not write to achieve their morally-repugnant objectives.

To those in that class of liars – the political contractors who tried to attribute the entire statement to me to destroy perceived political capital, I say keep on doing that till the day your cups will be full. Everything these days is reduced to posturing for 2015, but those doing it do not even know which one of us will be alive to witness the events of that time. I leave all those to God and their conscience.

To the Warriors of God, who misinterpret the Scriptures (both Bilble and Qur’an) and pretend to be capable of fighting His battles, please learn from history. The multiple Crusades and Jihads are yet to convert the entire human race into one religion. If God wished us all to be of one religion, He would have made us so. So please leave God’s work to Him, and just be good to other humans.

I thank all my friends who stood up for me in this saga. They know me better than what the desperate Jonathanians want to paint as El-Rufai. An those that wish to know me a little better should please read my forthcoming book (The Accidental Public Servant). Thanks and God Bless.


Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (January 28, 2013)

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  1. Mhhmm, I respect you more sir.

  2. Now the air is cleared. Kudos malam

  3. I have more respect for you!

  4. That’s my mentor! Respect for life.

  5. All air cleared on D̶̲̥̅̊ brouhaha. Kudos τ̅☺ U̶̲̥̅̊ sir

  6. More respect to you sir. What a balance way to respond to issues twisted out of content. May God continue to give you grace and wisdom.

  7. Can’t wait to read “THE. ACCIDENTAL PUBLIC SERVANT” This man El rufai is my hero any day! Keep keeping on sir!

  8. From the time I started following you on twitter till i unfollowed you, you never really inspired confidence but on this issues of the @zebbook tweet honestly I don’t see any reason why you should apologise. It was a well constructed humour that didn’t imply any insult to Jesus or Christianity except of course some ppl like you rightly mentioned just want to score cheap political point. An a Christian and honestly didn’t see anything wrong in the retweet and I did favourite same. Must everything come down to religious divide? I tire for this country o!
    Where did our sense I humour go to? Am sure like everybody else they got the joke but wanted to stir trouble and if apologising is what it takes to calm them well this one would surely do. Honestly that shouldn’t stop you from speaking freely christian or Islam it shouldn’t stop anyone.
    Christian or Muslim, this country is full of religious zealots who would rather see the nation burn at the slightest innocuous religious comment. I weep for Nigeria serious education or lack of it thereof is killing us.

  9. Nasir says he had reason to disrespect to our Lord and Saviour. Well, I got news for him and Bukola. They didn’t disrespect Him. They in fact BLASPHEMED against Him. Of course, they think it was a harmless joke. But they should go and continue with their harmless jokes. In the end, we shall know what becomes of them.

  10. with this we know who are the enemies of Christians are and the country no matter how u try to hide it somehow God being Gd will always expose them Nasir has proven himself to be one we shouldn’t reduce every thing to politics some how he will pay for it buhari is still paying for his own comment till date

  11. Ibrahim abdullateef

    Kudos to u for dat, ALLAH ya biya

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