Onnoghen: Foreigners who intervene in Nigeria’s internal affairs will die – El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that it was an irresponsible act for foreign nations to interfere in the affairs of Nigeria over the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.

Mr Onnoghen has since been suspended by the federal government after it instituted charges of non-declaration of assets against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

Mr El-Rufai said in a late-night programme on Tuesday on NTA that the US, UK and EU had no right to question President Muhammadu Buhari on his decision to suspend the head of the country’s judiciary.

“They (the comments) were based on non-information and they are most irresponsible and I am happy that the Presidency responded to them.

“As Nigerians, we must understand that these guys can sit pretty in their country and say things but when the crisis breaks we are here. We are the victims, our wives and children are the victims; and we must rise up and unite and say that no to violence in this country.

“Those that are calling for everyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags. Because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country.

“We’ve got that independence and we are trying to run our country as decently as possible and we know the history of those countries that are trying to teach us these things; we have read their history. We also know that in their stages of development they went through these challenges.

“So, please, let’s work together; let’s advise one another but don’t lecture us,” El-Rufai said.