Governor El-Rufai’s wife criticised for twitter comments over Kaduna killings

Kaduna state governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai @elrufai and his wife Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
Kaduna state governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai @elrufai and his wife Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
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The Kaduna state governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai @elrufai ,’s wife Hadiza Isma El-Rufai @hadizel has been under fire for her unambiguous comment about her concern for the Kaduna killings. The Kaduna state’s first lady had taken to her official twitter account where she tweeted that she does not tweet about serious matters like governance and politics even though she’s married to a governor.

She said “Did any of you see “First Lady” in my bio? My TL is for language, humour and other light-hearted issues. I don’t tweet about serious matters like governance and politics. Though I’m married to a governor I’m not a part of government. I swore no oath.”

But this tweet from the first lady of a state that is witnessing incessant massacre of innocent citizens did not go down well with her followers who frowned at the cold statement.

She was criticised for not using her influence to speak out against last week killings in the southern part of the state.

Recall that just last week, about 14 people were killed by gunmen in a village in Kaduna state – the latest of a series of attacks that have left dozens dead this year.

Kaduna state governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai @elrufai and his wife Hadiza Isma El-Rufai
Kaduna state governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai @elrufai and his wife Hadiza Isma El-Rufai

The topic began trending on Twitter in Nigeria on Wednesday when the governor’s wife celebrated the fact that she now had 80,000 followers.

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She was then questioned by some about why she did not use her influence on Twitter to call for an end to the killings.

She replied with a tweet that has been shared widely, saying she uses the social media platform for “language, humour and other light-hearted issues”.

“I don’t tweet about serious matters like governance and politics. Though I’m married to a governor I’m not part of government.”

Here are some of the social media reactions she received:

“So, everyone speaking up swore an oath or are related to the government! What happened to humanity? What happened to caring for others… What happened to a mother’s heart… What happened to being a citizen of this country Sorry, but its a pity!” Chineze tweeted.

“’Though I’m married to a governor I’m not part of a government’… But did u campaign for your husband to win the election ma? And when you were doing that what exactly was at the back of your mind?” Praise tweeted.

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“She has her opinion about the killings in southern Kaduna and I’m sure she is not happy about the loss of lives and if she chooses not to share what she feels with you on social media it is her right,” Tijjani Ibrahim tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Amchizzy/status/1266066945784385536

But the Kaduna state’s first lady continue to defend herself portraying that she has the right to what she tweets than feigning a fake emotion.

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