Former Minister of Education, Madam Oby Ezekwesili has revealed that Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai was planning to take Audu Maikori to court on Monday before she intervened.
Ezekwesili, in a series of tweets posted on Saturday, also said she had pleaded with el-Rufai to accept Maikori’s apology for posting false information about the Southern Kaduna crisis online.
She wrote: “I urged the @GovKaduna to get @Audu out & he replied that his policy of Consequences was important for stemming killings in #SouthernKaduna.
“The @GovKaduna stated that the actions for which @Audu apologized inflamed the#SouthernKaduna conflict more & so the law is taking its course.
“I asked the @GovKaduna to consider @Audu‘s apology and his unfortunate arrest as a TEACHABLE MOMENT for both the Government & everyone.
“People already know how stridently I insist on EVIDENCE-BASED ADVOCACY. WE all must take a LESSON from this. @GovKaduna @Audu. #LESSON
“There’s no basis for a Govt clamp down on Citizens’ FACT-BASED advocacy on ANY ISSUE. So @Audu admitted he was WRONG. Accept it @GovKaduna
“I told @GovKaduna that it was best to FREE @Audu & use this as the Govt’s POLICY MOMENT to get its MESSAGE of CONSEQUENCES thru to Public.
“@GovKaduna stated that he had personally reached out asking @Audu to not post those particularly untrue stories but he had continued.
“I pressed on the NECESSITY for@GovKaduna to act to FREE @Audu and allow all sides to LEARN the RIGHT LESSON from this painful episode.
“At the end of our discussion,@GovKaduna agreed to ACT and FREE@Audu quickly and end this unfortunate development. WILL WATCH OUT FOR IT.
“@GovKaduna had stated that @Auduwould be charged to court on Monday. I urged that since he already apologized, Police can CAUTION & RELEASE.
“Upon release today, I very much hope that @GovKaduna and @Audu can find points of COLLABORATION on#SouthernKaduna after this sad episode.
“All folks on the two sides of the divide baying for blood really must know that Nigeria CANNOT SURVIVE a Religious War. Shield YOUR SWORDS.”
On Friday, Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), picked up Chocolate City founder, Audu Maikori.
Two weeks ago, Maikori apologized to the College of Education in Gidan-Waya, Kaduna and the Kaduna State Government, for sending out false information about an attack on the school.
Maikori at the time claimed that six students of the school, were killed by Fulani herdsmen, including his driver’s younger brother.
The College of Education released a statement denying the incident and Maikori faced a lot of backlash on social media, with many saying he posted fake pictures.
He published a retraction on his Facebook page and claimed his driver, a certain Simon Joseph, misled him.