I pray for people like El-Rufai because of their recklessness – Peter Obi

By Benedicta Benjamin

Peoples Democratic Party’s running mate and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai  requires serious prayers to overcome his “recklessness” after the Kaduna governor described him as a “tribal bigot”.

Obi said he is always praying for “people like him (El-Rufai)” over the outburst.

Mr Obi spoke in Nnewi, Anambra State on Saturday during a youth programme. 

Governor El-Rufai had said via his twitter handle that: “Peter Obi is a tribal bigot. He was widely quoted on national television that the SSS was right to detain me for 48 hours in an hotel in 2014 on the grounds that ‘El-Rufai has no business being in Anambra State as it is not Katsina State’!”

But speaking during the youth programme in Obi said nothing warrants the statement from the governor.

He said: “What His Excellency, Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai said about me has been brought to my attention. I believe that as we grow older and are saddled with more responsibilities, we are expected to become circumspect in our thinking and avoid recklessness in our speeches and utterances.

“How does the circumstance he referred to related to bigotry to warrant such a label?

“All I do for people like el-Rufai is to pray for them and encourage  them to concentrate on  doing those things that will better the lots of Nigerians rather than engage in hate speeches that will divide and ddestroy the country.”