Nigerians have criticised Mrs. Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, wife of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir Del-Rufai for her less-than-perturbed demeanour over the ongoing crisis in the state; specifically, the killings going on in the Southern part.
Indeed, 1st News can report that the killings, which seem to be a recurring decimal in Kaduna for years; recently reared its ugly head again with several casualties reported and many others injured.
Reports indicate that between May 19 to 24, suspected herdsmen attacked a number of villages in Southern Kaduna. They include Idazau, Etissi, Bakin Kogi, Dutsen Gora, UN Gora, Pushu Kallah and Magunguna villages; killing five, injuring 78, destroying 607 houses and rustling 231 cows in the process.
At least 51 people are also reported missing from these attacks.
Also, a 12-year-old boy named Filibus Magaji is being regarded as a hero. The boy had reportedly fought off the attackers as they hacked his father with dangerous weapons. Filibus is currently hospitalised at a facility in Barau Dikko.
Additionally, a Senator representing Kaduna South Senatorial District, Senator Danjuma La’ah, had decried the killings. Equally important, La’ah accused the military and other security agencies of abandoning the people; especially when the people really needed their attention. Further, he alleged that Governor El-Rufai was not cooperating with his efforts as a Senator to halt the killings.
In view of the loss of innocent lives in the state due to the dastardly killings; Nigerians had been shocked to see Mrs Hadiza El-Rufai rather paying more attention to her growing following on social media.
On Wednesday, May 27, Mrs Hadiza had taken to her personal handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter; where she celebrated her Twitter following which had grown to 80,000. This was barely a couple of days after the widely reported killings.
She had tweeted: ‘‘Yay! 80,000 followers. @Omojuwa @DrJoeAbah. How many more followers do I need in order to qualify as an ‘influenza’?’’
— Hadiza Isma El-Rufai (@hadizel) May 27, 2020
Subsequently, Nigerians had begun to draw her attention to the dastardly killings in Southern Kaduna. Further, many had expected her to probably express some sympathy; or better still, show more restraint in view of the sad losses.
However, Mrs. Hadiza El-Rufai had shocked Nigerians even further with her reaction.
‘‘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,’’ she declared.
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.
— Hadiza Isma El-Rufai (@hadizel) May 28, 2020
Consequently, her latest reaction had fetched her even more criticisms; with many accusing her of insensitivity to the plight of the families who had lost loved ones in the recent killings.
Meanwhile, 1st News has put together some of the reactions from Nigerians on Twitter below:
This is lame.. You are the first Lady of Kaduna state and you are enjoying the privilege of same office.. @elrufai is your husband who you see on daily Basis..Tell him #Dadiyata children are suffering from the absence of their Father. He is the Governor, he should find Dadiyata!
— TosinPhD (@Donteewrites) May 28, 2020
You are a public figure, the First Lady of Kaduna state enjoying the benefits of that position and you are confidently saying you’ll turn a blind eye to the mass killings in your state. When it’s time for elections you’ll follow and campaign.
Aren’t you ashamed?
— Brown Sugar (@yettyclassy) May 28, 2020
I wish most Nigerians weren't cursed with docility and short memory.
I wish when the time comes, we would all remember that rather than addressing the killings in southern Kaduna, the first lady of the state was celebrating 80k followers on Twitter.
— Baldilocks (@Baldilocks__) May 28, 2020
Even if you wan marry, Try marry woman wey no go shame you for outside.
History will not forget today, Kaduna's First lady says she will not speak up against the killing in southern Kaduna because her Twitter page is to Crack joke and do amebo.
— Oyiga Micheal (@Nsukka_okpa) May 28, 2020
El-Rufai has Presidential ambitions right?? That latest tweet from his wife is enough to dent the ambition in a civilized society.
Saying you didn't swear an oath and there is no "First Lady" in your bio is such a bold and uncouth way to absolve yourself of responsibilities.
— Jack Robinson (@MrFeral_) May 28, 2020
Utterly sad, annoying and reprehensible how the South are carrying this Kaduna issue on their head.
Arewa Twitter is unusually quiet and aloof about it…. Even the First Lady of Kaduna thought her twitter following was a more important topic.
I would rather keep my peace…
— the Morris Monye factor (@Morris_Monye) May 28, 2020
Very true that the "First Lady" of Kaduna State, Madam Hadiza Isma El-Rufai wasn't voted for nor part of the official government of Kaduna, but there's something called EMPATHY & COMMUNITY OF INTEREST!#SouthernKadunaMassacre is real; gory Pictures flying around are real people!
— Mazi @FestusGreen ?? (@FestusGreen) May 28, 2020
Kaduna is on fire but it doesn’t bother the First Lady because you know, her social media page is lit ? https://t.co/PJtV0qQadW
— Chemical Brother ? (@chemicalbrodar) May 28, 2020
Southern Kaduna is soaked with blood, but the First Lady was more concerned with her 80k followers achievement?
May God forgive El Rufai family. pic.twitter.com/bTNIWW10Ij
— AyeMojubar (@ayemojubar) May 28, 2020