Bello El-rufai, Son of Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-rufai has tendered an apology for vile tweets he made to a twitter user of a political disagreement.
Bello threatened to sexually assault the mother of a twitter user with the name, Consigliere. Trouble started when El-rufai criticized US President, Donald Trump over his handling of the Coronavirus. This didn’t go down well with Consigliere who tweeted at him to direct such criticisms to President Muhammadu Buhari.
An infuriated El-rufai the hurled insults at Consigliere before sending hi a direct message to “tell your mother I’m passing her to my friends tonight. No Igbo sounds, please! Tueh.”
This response generated outrage on social media. Former Minister, Oby Ezekwesili also condemned El-rufai for his comments and admonished him to apologize.
On Friday, Bello tweeted a full apology expressing regret for his actions.
“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 the statement and apologise to the gentleman concerned for the hurtful comment. I also apologise for appearing to attack and entire ethnic group for the misdeed of one person.”
“I regret the sexual innuendo in the private message and apologise unreservedly for it. I wish to state very strongly that the statement was made during the heat of the moment and I wish to put on the record that I do not condone sexual violence.”
“I certainly do not believe that there can be any justification for gender-based crimes. I am learning from the episode in the continuous journey of emerging as a better person. I have apologized to my mother in person.”
“I have also reached out to the women in my life and apologised. I realise that the intensity around this matter stems partly from my surname. The mistakes I made with the private message and in smearing an ethnic group because of group because of one person are now being replicated by people that are attacking my parents and my family because of my conduct.”
“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. I appreciate the time that friends and loved ones have taken to show me the error of my ways. I apologise to the general public in recognition of the duty to acknowledge wrongdoing and strive to be better.”