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Gov El-Rufai's son, Bello apologises for threatening to rape twitter user's mother

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 the record straight that I do not condone sexual violence; I certainly do not believe that there can be any justification for gender-based crimes

Saturday, April 18, 2020

/ by Joe Adams
Governor Nasir El-Rufai (left), Bello El-Rufai (right) 
Bello El-Rufai, the son of Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has tendered an apology over a controversial comment he made on Twitter six days ago in which he threatened to rape the mother of a Twitter user by the name Consigliere with the handle @thanos_zer.


Trouble started when Bello clashed with a Twitter user named Consigliere with the @oewonah after the former criticised United States President, Donald Trump, for not doing enough to handle the outbreak of Coronavirus in America.

Bello said, “There is nothing as radioactive as an incompetent leader during a time of crisis. The United States of America is a case in point. A few states in Nigeria too.”




But not satisfied with Bello’s attack on Trump, Consigliere fired back, insisting that the American President was miles better than President Muhammadu Buhari and even his father, el-Rufai, in terms of quality leadership.

Consigliere wrote, “He can't call Buhari out for his ineptitude yet he's calling Trump names? Did he vote Trump?”



However, Bello on Friday tendered an apology on Twitter expressing regret to his rude action.


He wrote, “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 that statement and apologise to the gentleman concern for the hurtful comment. I also apologise for appearing to attack an entire ethnic group for the misdeed of one person.”

He further stated; “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 the record straight that I do not condone sexual violence; I certainly do not believe that there can be any justification for gender-based crimes.”



He said he has since apologised to his mum and the women in his life but stated that he understand that the intensity around the matter stems partly from his surname adding that his mistake in smearing an ethnic tribe has been replicated by others who have attacked his parents and family due to his action.

Bello stated that is recent conduct had fallen short of the standard of decency and strong values he was raised with and apologised to the general public, adding that he would strive to be better.


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