Jan 28, 2013 – Mallam Nasir El-Rufai Apologises Over Blasphemous Jesus Christ & Mary Twitter Joke
Ex-Minister of the FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who landed into trouble over a very blasphemous tweet about Jesus Christ & Mary has tended his apology. naijagists.com
On Sunday the 27th of January 2013, the controversial Mallam in a bid to defend ex-education Minister, Oby Ezekwesili, shared a sarcastic Twitter joke.
Here is what he said:
If Jesus criticized Jonathan’s govt, Maku/Abati/Okupe will say he slept with Mary Magdalene”. After this, El-Rufai copied the tweet and added the letters “LWKMD” which means “Laugh Wan Kill Me Die” [Laughter will kill me].
He was immediately bombarded with criticism from several of his followers including Professor Pat Utomi.
Pat Utomi expressed his displeasure on Facebook over El-Rufai’s Jesus tweet.
I’m at a loss for words! We should draw the line somewhere? The most Sacred of names must never be desecrated an the altar of politics. PU,” he wrote.- Utomi said
El-Rufai has swallowed his pride over the controversial tweet by tendering an apology in the letter below:
“Hello Friends. I have been travelling and try to catch some sleep in between the last 24 hours and missed all the furore arising from my retweet of Ogunyemi Bukola’s (@zeebook) joke Maku eat al and Jesus. I must say I am taken aback by the extent of desperate misrepresentation of what was an innocuous attempt to show the godlessness of the Jonathanians to denigrate anyone that dares to ask them to be accountable.
“To those who were genuinely offended by the retweet, I apologize. I did not meant to offend anyone, neither did the @zeebook I know and featured as one of the Young Voices in my Friday Column. Jesus or Isa Alaihis Salaam is a respected prophet of Islam. Every Muslim accepts this in addition to his miraculous virgin birth. It is therefore absurd for any Muslim believer to disrespect Jesus Christ.
“I hope those in this class will see my point of view and accept my apologies for any offense or disappointment caused. And I advise everyone… to read @zeebook’s timeline and mine to read EXACTLY what was tweeted rather than the second-hand reports of certain people who ALWAYS twist whatever I write or not write to achieve their morally-repugnant objectives.
“To those in that class of liar – the political contractors who tried to attribute the entire statement to me to destroy perceived political capital, I say keep on doing that till the day your cups will be full. Everything these days is reduced to posturing for 2015,but those doing it do not even know which one of us will be alive to witness the events of that time. I leave all those to God and their conscience.
“To the Warriors of God, who misinterpret the Scriptures (both Bilble and Qur’an) and pretend to be capable of fighting His battles, please learn from history. The multiple Crusades and Jihads are yet to convert the entire human race into one religion. If God wished us all to be of one religion, He would have made us so. So please leave God’s work to Him, and just be good to other humans.
“I thank all my friends who stood up for me in this saga. They know me better than what the desperate Jonathanians want to paint as El-Rufai. And those that wish to know me a little better should please read my forthcoming book. Thanks and God Bless.”