Former FCT minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has come under heavy attack of social media for his tweet on Sunday in his attempt to defend the former Education minister, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili and to deride Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
The ex-minister, in his tweet posted on January 27, 2013, made a sarcastic joke about Jesus and Mary Magdalene aimed at Information minister, Labaran Maku, Dr Doyin Okupe and Dr Ruben Abati.
His controversial tweet reads: "If Jesus criticizes Jonathan’s govt, Maku/Abati/Okupe will say he slept with MaryMadgalene."
Meanwhile, Christians and other Nigerians have been attacking the ex-minister describing the comments as offensive and attack on Christians.
One tweet reads, "Sir with all due respect. I get u point in dis joke. But why Jesus? It’s not funny".
On Sunday, one Dr Thomas Agande in his Twitter statement titled "El Rufai Defiles Jesus Christ" said, "He went overboard when, on his Twitter page, today January 27, 2013, said our Lord Jesus Christ had sex with Mary Magdalene. We see this as a very insensitive, irresponsible, and a offensive thing to say about Christ, and an attack on the sensibilities of Christians globally.
"El-Rufai betrayed his lack of respect for our Lord Jesus Christ and obvious hatred for Christians. How else can one explain his effrontery and buffoonery when he seemingly jokingly twitted that Christ had sex with Mary Magdalene.
"El-Rufai who aspires rule a multi-religious nation, should have been circumspect in his use of words when referring to the sacred.
"It is on record that less offensive things have been said about the Prophet Mohammed which led to loss of Christian lives."
Another Twitter user wrote , "This is so irresponsible and insensitive. If Christians should make such reference to Prophet Mohammed we would be counting dead bodies in the north. We Christians are peace-loving and will definitely ignore him but he must be told he is an IDIOT for saying such."
One person added, "The former minister has just told Nigerians that he lacks the decency to rule a multi religious nation, if he should display such disrespect for the sacred and thinks it is funny. His Tweet shows he is not a decent man. He has disregarded the collective sensibilities of Christians all over the world by this very offensive reference to our Lord Jesus Christ."