El-Rufai’s son apologises for sexual violence comments

Bello El-Rufai and Nasir El-Rufai

Bello El-Rufai, son of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has apologised for his sexual violence comments directed at a Twitter user last weekend.

Bello went into a battle of words with the Twitter user known as @oewonah over President Donald Trump’s handling of COVID-19 in the United States in relation to President Muhammadu Buhari’s management of the pandemic in Nigeria.

In a letter dated Friday and shared on Twitter, Bello described his comments as contrary to his upbringing.

“A few days ago I made a comment that was wrong, unbecoming and contrary to the values on which I was raised. I wish to withdraw that statement and apologise to the gentleman concerned for the hurtful comment,” he wrote.

“I also apologise for appearing to attack an entire ethnic group for the misdeed of one person. I regret the sexual innuendo in the private message and unreservedly for it.”

He added that he had apologised to his mother, Hadiza El-Rufai, and the women in his life.

“I am one of many children in a family raised with standards of decency and strong values of which my recent conduct has fallen short,” he said.

The letter, however, did not address the threat directed at a Premium Times journalist over a report on the incident.

Mrs El-Rufai has also apologised for initially defending her son.