Mallam Nasir el-Rufai
Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has apologised over his re-tweet on Jesus Christ that drew outrage from Nigerians across religious divide on Monday.
In the re-tweet, el-Rufai, said: “If Jesus Christ should criticise President Goodluck Jonathan, his aides would accuse Him of sleeping with Mary Magdalene.”
Expectedly, his action drew angry reactions from both Muslims and Christians who deployed the social media to lambast him for blasphemy and demanded an apology from him for his irreverent comment.
A contrite el-Rufai in a posting on his Facebook apologised for his action, saying that it “was an innocuous attempt to show the godlessness of the Jonathanians to denigrate anyone that dares to ask them to be accountable.”
According to him, he did not mean to offend anyone’s sensibility by the retweet but to draw attention to the intolerance of President Goodluck Jonathan’s aides and associates.
In his posting on Facebook, el-Rufai wrote: “I have been travelling and try to catch some sleep in between the last 24 hours and missed all the furore arising from my re-tweet of Ogunyemi Bukola’s (@zeebook) joke Maku eat al and Jesus.
“I must say I am taken aback by the extent of desperate misrepresentation of what was an innocuous attempt to show the godlessness of the Jonathanians to denigrate anyone that dares to ask them to be accountable.
“To those who were genuinely offended by the re-tweet, I apologise. I did not mean to offend anyone, neither did the @zeebook I know and featured as one of the Young Voices in my Friday Column. Jesus or Isa Alaihis Salaam is a respected prophet of Islam. Every Muslim accepts this in addition to his miraculous virgin birth. It is therefore absurd for any Muslim believer to disrespect Jesus Christ.
I hope those in this class will see my point of view and accept my apologies for any offense or disappointment caused.
“To those in that class of liar - the political contractors who tried to attribute the entire statement to me to destroy perceived political capital, I say keep on doing that till the day your cups will be full. Everything these days is reduced to posturing for 2015, but those doing it do not even know which one of us will be alive to witness the events of that time. I leave all those to God and their conscience.
“To the Warriors of God, who misinterpret the scriptures (both Bible and Qur’an) and pretend to be capable of fighting His battles, please learn from history. The multiple Crusades and Jihads are yet to convert the entire human race into one religion. If God wished us all to be of one religion, He would have made us so. So please leave God’s work to Him, and just be good to other humans.”