el-Rufai’s son resumes Twitter spat with Igbos

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Barely a month after he was made to issue a half-hearted apology to his followers over some offensive tweets, the son of Governor Ahmed el-Rufai of Kaduna State, Bello El-Rufai, resumed his onslaught with a rather cryptic post on Twitter on Monday, seemingly aimed at disparaging people from the South-east and South-south regions.

The governor’s son shared some teasing pictures on the micro-blogging website, claiming to have embarked on a recent trip to the Southern region with his father, El-Rufai.

Bello also took a swipe at the proscribed Indeginous People of Biafra (IPOB), a secessionist group that agitates for the freedom of Biafrans from Nigeria through referendum.

IPOB, which has supporters from the Igbo, Anang, Igbanke, Igala, Idoma and other ethnic groups, believe people from the Southern region are being marginalised by the Northern elite through unfair and inequitable distribution of resources, including revenue from oil got from the southern region.

Bello’s recent tweets appear to make mockery of this narrative by the secessionist group and other people from the South.

He captioned one of his recent pictures on Twitter: “Sincere apologies. We had to land close to Oloibiri Oilfield. We suspect IPOBians tried to bring our plane down. But God protected us as he always does. Despite this setback, we will still deliver the Arewa Rolls Royce. We simply had to switch to a smaller plane. We move.

Bello shared another tweet that reads: “It’s all over Jackie. I’d like to thank His Excellency, former Gov. Seriake Henry Dickson for providing access to the clear port. (Apologies to my sister @TheresaTekenah). We (Camel Riders) and they (Oyel makers) can now move on. The Arewa Rolls Royce is in trusted NDDC hands.”

Back in April, during one his spats with Southerners, Bello was forced to apologise for a lewd message he sent to a Twitter user, threatening to support a gang rape of the man’s mother.

The governor’s son’s private message to the Twitter user read: “Tell your mother I’m passing her to my friends tonight,” adding “No Igbo sounds please!”

The last is yet to be seen of the spat between the younger el-Rufai and the Southerners he has decided to mock and troll.

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