The inclusion of Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai as one of the speakers at the annual event The Platform has generated protest on social media.
The annual programme organised by the senior pastor of the Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade, has attracted notable speakers over the years in discussing the challenges facing Nigeria.
With the hashtag #BoycottThePlatform on Twitter, some Nigerians have begun calling for the programme to be boycotted following El-Rufai’s controversial post in 2013 where he used Jesus Christ in a bad joke.
Among the speakers listed for this year’s event are Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, and former aviation minister Osita Chidoka.
The protesters want El-Rufai removed as speaker just the way the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) was forced to remove him as speaker at its conference last year following protest over allegations of human rights abuse.