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Kaduna Governor curses rights activist, Chidi Odinkalu

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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has placed a curse on Nigerian lawyer and rights activist, Chidi Odinkalu in an unprecedented display of temper.

The exchange happened on the social media platform, Twitter on Tuesday morning after Odinkalu posted on the platform, alleging that public schools, hospitals, petrol stations have been shut down in the state due to the ongoing labour unions strike.

Reacting with an angry tweet, Governor El Rufai responded by accusing Odinkalu of sharing ‘fake news’, stating that schools, and public hospitals were operating by noon on Monday. “You are cursed”. He wrote.

Governor El Rufai has been under pressure since the Nigerian Labour Congress embarked on a five day warning strike and protest in the state.

The NLC National President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, had said that the five-day strike action would run its full course unless the State Government attended to the workers grievances.

Some of the grievances included the recent sack of 7,000 local government workers and refusal of the state government to settle the entitlements of about 50, 000 it disengaged from service from 2017 to date.

Government activities in the state were completely paralised on the first day of the strike on Monday, with banks, schools, hospitals, water, electricity, rail and air services shut.

This is not the first time the Governor and Odinkalu will clash. In November 2020, Nasir El Rufai filed a N2billion suit against Odinkalu and others for alleged character defamation.

In the suit against Odinkalu, Daniel Elombah and Elombah Communications, El Rufai contended that the publication titled, ‘Litany of 25 critics who have suffered at El Rufai’s hands, compiled by Chidi Odinkalu’ and published in Elombah.com on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 was malicious, unlawful and without justification.

He also demanded the sum of N500m for the damage and an apology for the defamation and damage to his reputation.

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