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Kicking El Rufai Out Of NBA Conference Is High Level Prejudice – MURIC

Nasir El Rufai

Nasir El Rufai

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has come out to say that the withdrawal of the invitation to Nasir El-Rufai to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) conference is parochial, myopic, and jejune.

MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola revealed this in a recent statement.

According to him, a learned group would not do such a thing as it is high-level prejudice.

He added that the fact that NBA took the ill-advised step on account of a petition written by a group, Open Bar Initiative, means NBA is impatient, intolerant, and selfish.

His words, “The NBA yesterday removed the name of El-Rufai from the list of speakers at its 2020 Virtual Annual General Conference (AGC).

“I describe NBA’s action as parochial, myopic and jejune. It is high level prejudice. NBA as a group of learned literati should know better.

“The fact that NBA took the ill-advised step on account of a petition written by a group, Open Bar Initiative exposes NBA’s impatience, intolerance and self-conceit.”

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Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai (born 16 February 1960) is a Nigerian politician who is the Governor of Kaduna State, in office since 2015. He was previously the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007; and the director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises. He is a founding member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai was born on February 16, 1960 to a Fulani family in Daudawa. His father died while he was 8 years old, and he was sponsored through his early schooling by an uncle in Kaduna. El-Rufai is married to three wives, his first wife Hadiza Isma El-Rufai is a writer and novelist; together, they run the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation (YELF), set up in honour of their daughter who died in 2011.

El-Rufai was educated in Barewa College. As a junior at the college, President Umaru Yar’Adua was the house captain of his dormitory. In 1976, he graduated at the top of his class, winning the “Barewa Old Boys’ Association Academic Achievement” Trophy. El-Rufai attended Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he received a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying with first class honours.

On March 28 2020, El-Rufai tested positive for COVID-19, following contact with an index case. He has placed a curfew in Kaduna State and restricted movement, to prevent the spread of the virus.


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