I’ve No Apology For Telling Lagos ‘Godfather’ To Retire, El-Rufai Says

The governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said he has no apology for saying that it was time to end godfatherism in the Lagos state.

The governor had made the statement in a direct swipe at the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who has overtime controlled the political affair of the state.

He had boasted that he singlehandedly retired four godfathers in Kaduna state from politics, and expected same for Lagos state.

His statement had gained clap backs from Nigerians across the country including the Lagos state chapter of the APC.

El-Rufai, who spoke with State House correspondents on Monday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said the days of godfatherism in Nigeria were gone and Lagosians should unseat those still in place, adding that he did not feel sorry for making the statement.


He said, “I don’t know if he (Tinubu) is the godfather of Lagos. What I know for sure is that we have retired godfathers….If anyone feels offended by that, that’s his business.

“I have no apology for my views, they are well thought out. I put them there, I don’t have to explain to anyone. This is democracy; people are free to express their views.”

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