A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos, Mr Moshood Salvador, on Sunday pointedly took a swipe on the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, over his recent comment allegedly, against a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, asking to mind his business and face critical issues currently confronting Kaduna State.
Salvador spoke to journalists in his home, on the sidelines of the annual Ramadan Lecture he organised in Lagos, maintaining that Lagos can do without his meddlesomeness, because Tinubu had contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State particularly, and the progress of its residents.
Salvador, a former Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, said there was no way anyone could divorce the exponential growth the state had recorded since 1999 from the vision of Tinubu.
He condemned the recent comment made by Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State that godfatherism was a problem in Lagos that residents needed to get rid of, for real progress.
Salvador described the governor’s comment as unnecessary trespass, saying the people of the state never complained of the problem.
He said Tinubu was obviously the target of El-Rufai’s comment as he (Tinubu) was the most influential figure in the state’s political firmament.
He also urged all well- meaning residents to condemn the governor’s comment, urging El-Rufai to address his State’s problems, rather than coming to Lagos to lecture about godfatherism.
“It is important to let the governor of Kaduna know that it is wrong for him to come to Lagos and start talking about godfatherism.
“We do not have any problem with leaders in Lagos and El-Rufai should mind his business rather than coming here to tell us what is not.
“We hear of serious issues in Kaduna; the issue of unpaid salaries, the issue of killings and attacks on innocent people. El-Rufai has not addressed all these and he is talking about a state that is working.
“We would not condone unnecessary attacks on our leaders. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has done extremely well for the nation and the state particularly.
“He laid the foundation for the growth of the state’s IGR from N400million in 1999 to the billions that it is today.
“There is no way we can talk about a modern Lagos without mentioning Tinubu. He is a gift to the Yoruba race, second only to Awolowo. We respect him a lot and would not condone attacks on him,” he said.
Salvador said peace was a precondition for progress and urged Nigerians to eschew acts that could breach peace in the country.
Also speaking, APC Chairman in the State, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, urged leaders and the led to make peace their watchword.
He commended Salvador for organising the Ramadan lecture, saying it would impact on the spiritual life of those who attended.
In his sermon, Alhaji Aminulahi Seriki urged Muslims to use the holy month to move closer to God and obey His commandments.
Seriki, Imam of the Fadeyi branch of Ansarul-deen Society of Nigeria, also said it was expected of Muslims to be of good acts during the months and beyond, and be their brothers’ keepers.
“God expects us this month and beyond to abstain from things that are sinful and obey His commandments.