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FG stops Nasir el-Rufai from getting a new Nigerian international passport
| September 17, 2009
Nasir el-Rufai, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has reportedly been denied a new Nigerian international passport by the government. It is reported that el-Rufai went to the Nigerian High Commission in London to get a new international passport but was told to return for photographing and thumb-printing, but when he returned, el-Rufai was said to have been denied a new passport based on "orders from Abuja". El-Rufai said Γ’€œI was told by an official of the High Commission that there was a standing instruction from Abuja that I should not be issued with a new passport,Γ’€ However, political pundits interviewed were unanimous in their condemnation of the treatment meted out to El-Rufai, especially as he made the request in accordance with the rules. This move has been condemned by pundits who say the action is unfair to El-Rufai, especially since he made the request in accordance with all the rules One source said "Not even the military went this far. And this is a government that claims to be better than its predecessors in terms of the rule of law. This level of pettiness should have no place in a serious government. Is Yar'Adua so idle as to concern himself with such issues?" Others have alluded that the Federal government is viloating international law, human rights and the ECOWAS treaty. EFCC has declared El-Rufai wanted for abuse of office and misappropriation of public funds since December 2008. And in April 2009, the EFCC Chairman Farida Waziri said El-Rufai would soon be repatriated to Nigeria to answer to the allegations against him saying "The case of Nasir el-Rufai has also been filed and the commission will soon commence the process of his extradition,"

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Kotoko    Ottawa, Canada    September 17, 2009
What an idiotic behaviour? Who is really in-charge Nigeria and how do they make "very dunb
decissions?" First, they knew his case while still in Nigeria and refused to deal with it and allowed him out of Nigeria.

Now they have created an illussion and refurbished him as an innocent by denying him Passport
and making him a stateless man. Even his enemies would now sympathise with him and consider the Nigerian government the evil and forgive El rufai.

Yar'Adua, your rule of the law is packed full of shit. Clean up Yar'Adua.
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