Nasir El-Rufai the kaduna state governor said his administration has nothing against Christians in the state.
Mr El-Rufai made this comment at a Town Hall Meeting With a group of pastors under the auspices of ‘Pastors United For Change Association’ held in the state.
The governor’s choice of Hadiza Balarabe, from Sanga local government area of Southern Kaduna as his running mate, generated uproar, particularly among Christians across the state.
El-Rufai repeatedly said his choice was not influenced by her religion but purely on her capacity to deliver.
He said he has been working with people around him based on competency to get results not minding their tribe or religion.
He urged the residents to unite for the progress of the state while urging the pastors to check his records of selfless service to the people and support him in this coming election.
He also maintained that his target is to end the religious, ethnic division and unite the people of the state.
The governor also added that Kaduna State is the only state with male/female governorship ticket in northern Nigeria.
Reinforcing his reason for the choice if his running mate he said: “Late Prof. Andrew Nok, our late commissioner for education, brought Hadiza Balarabe when we were looking for someone that can revive our primary health in the state and she performed excellently well.”
In his response, the chairman of Pastors United for Change Association, David Adeniran, said with the governor’s explanation on issues, they understood that the governor wants a united Kaduna without religious, ethnic consideration.
“Our sincere clergymen and women, thank you for honouring the invitation. I believe many of you will go home with new thinking that something good is happening in Kaduna. This is a new Kaduna State. We here to interact on the next level in Kaduna State. Kaduna State will be better for all of us,” he said.