*I Will Not Let The Story Go Away, Says Odinkalu
*Asks Nigerians To Bring Politicians To Order
Former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu has asked people across all political divides to call out the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai for making what he describes as an incendiary statement that 66 Fulani people had been murdered on the eve of a very important election.
Prof Odinkalu made this statement whilst speaking on Channels TV, this morning. According to him, the alarm is not true as they are yet to see the bodies of the 66 people that were announced to have been killed. He added that El-Rufai just wanted to stop the elections fearing loss.
“I have called a lot of people living in that area, and nobody saw or heard of such killings around them yesterday. El-Rufai just wanted to stop the elections fearing loss.”
Speaking further, he stated that it’s not responsible at this time for a Governor to make public claims about ths mass killing of people of one ethnic group in any place in Nigeria with only his private publicist looking over his shoulder and without any security agency.
He further buttressed that the Violent Incidents and Election Atrocity Fusion Centre for #NigeriaDecides2019 and Nigeriamourns are working hard to verify the claims about the killings, yet there is no substantial evidence to the claim thus far. He, therefore, called on Nigerians to bring politicians to order.
”It is important that as we deal with the issue of postponement, we also call our politicians to order,” he said.
Also, he added that it is not just about logistics, but politicians with all manner of design. He emphasized that he spent all night calling sources he knows in Kajuru, but none could confirm the incidence. He, therefore, challenged the Governor to lead them all to the spot and show them where the bodies lie, stressing that the story is one he will never let go.
In another development, however, TNL sighted the tweet of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai stating that himself, GOC 1 Div, State Police Commissioner and State Director SSS are meeting village heads from Kajuru LGA in the premises of the primary health centre in Kasuwan Magani.
Malam Nasir @elrufai, GOC 1 Div, State Police Commissioner and State Director SSS are meeting village heads from Kajuru LGA in the premises of the primary health centre in Kasuwan Magani pic.twitter.com/rl4J7iU75f
— Governor Kaduna (@GovKaduna) February 16, 2019