Nasir El-Rufai
Nasir El-Rufai

‘Go and patrol Birnin-Gwari border’, Nigerians dare El-Rufai

NEWS DIGEST – A barrage of reactions has trailed the decision of the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to personally patrol the Kaduna-Kano borders on Sallah Day, as one of measures he devised to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic in the state.

As this year’s Ramadan wraps up, Eid-l-Fitr celebrations (the feasting celebration of the end of the month of Ramadān) is expected to be on either Saturday or Sunday.

As it is known worldwide, that due to the pandemic, there won’t be large gatherings for celebration of any kind.

It is important to note that as part of the efforts of the Federal Government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the President had imposed a ban on inter-state travelling across the country.

The News Digest reports that the governor blamed the surging cases of Coronavirus in the state on the influx of people sneaking into the state with the complicity of security operatives.

During a live chat with selected radio stations, El-Rufai had declared that he would personally patrol the Kaduna-Kano borders on Sallah Day, promising to remain there from morning till night.

However, a cross-section of Nigerians on social media reacted to the new development.

Below are some of the reactions with some rendered in Hausa languages but translated by this newspaper to aid understanding.

Jaafar Jaafar: Kaduna doesn’t even have a zoo, until they come to Kano before they are opportune to see Shoprite’  – “From Kaduna Airport to Kaduna city, Kidnappers will abduct you

Yakubu Musa : At least nobody will fill up our Shoprite and would not come and trouble Kano stars; Ali Nuhu and Sani Danja for autographs

Isma’il M Ahmad : Kaduna does not even have a modern Supermarket and Governor El-Rufai is now filling important with the state

Zulkifli Alhassan: Busy body Governor. Good at noise-making and not at anything substantial. Why treat those who gave you power as slaves? Why try to be so authoritative on simple issues?

Don’t forget that no matter your future political ambition, you will still come back to the people for votes. In Shaa Allah you will soon realize that you the servant of the people, not their master. You are already behaving like the Wikes.

Smart Kay: But the GOVERNOR is working very hard. I give God all the glory for the low cases in Kaduna. Governor deserves prayer, not insults, for how he handled the lockdown.

Ahmed Dauda: But you can’t patrol Kidnappers

Kauwa Baffa Yola: You are stepping your boundaries fa

Ibrahim Dahiru Wali : It’s more productive if the energy is deployed to Birnin Gwari forest

Isah Bala Wudil: Is Kaduna state Makkah? 

Sadeeq Babayo Sadiq : If I was Ganduje.. After this calamity… I will also block kano/Kaduna border… What nonsense… This man is now concluding kano as Wuhan! We are fine, healthy and hale in kano! Go with your problem.

Kabiru S Bako : Trouble times – The quandary of a leader. Oh Lord guide our leaders right amin

Bashir Sulieman Iya : Why can’t you go there today? 

Nurah M Sani : You should go to birnin gwari border and wait there.

Nancy Malle : My action governor I trust you will do it.

Ibrahim Sani Danja: If you like build mansion there and relocate.

Auwal Abdulqadir Sani: Let him start from today to show how serious he is.