Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has played down criticisms which have trailed the threats he issued to foreigners over the forthcoming elections.
El-Rufai, speaking on NTA on Tuesday, stated that foreigners planning to interfere with the country’s election will leave in body bags.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have already called on the international community, to impose travel ban on the Governor.
But in a statement signed by his spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai insisted he was standing up for Nigeria’s dignity.
“When Malam Nasir El-Rufai appeared on NTA’s Tuesday Night Live, he made comments every patriot can understand. He stood up for Nigeria’s dignity in the wake of those who would traduce their country and reduce it to the status of a colony in their vain quest for power.
“The video of his comments is in circulation. Any fair-minded person with modest familiarity with the English language and unimpaired comprehension can understand it. It does not contain any call for violence. What it is a powerful defence of sovereignty.
Are some sections of our political class implying that they will acquiesce in or collaborate with foreign intervention in our country?
“Affirming that a country will defend itself against needless intervention is the kind of statement you expect to hear from a patriot. It is not a call for violence. Warning about the consequences of meddling in another country’s affairs is legitimate,” the statement read.