El-Rufai : A Governor And His Tissue Of Lies

An attempt by Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir El-Rufai to rubbish the contribution of the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the Southwest to the success of the party in the 2015 presidential election has drawn the ire of many Nigerians. They condemned the statement, which he made in a memo to the President, describing it as reckless. Assistant Editor LEKE SALAUDEEN reports:

MONTHS after it became a public document, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s secret memo to President Muhammadu Buhari continues to generate controversies. He is said to be trying to belittle the significant role played by the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in President Buhari’s victory in the 2015 presidential election.

El-Rufai had in a controversial memo addressed to Buhari created the impression that Tinubu and his group from the Southwest have blown their contribution to the APC victory out of proportion. He stated in the memo: “The Lagos group, more or less led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is the most organised and proactive. This group made a key contribution in our electoral success, but like all groupings, it naturally exaggerates its role in order to increase its influence in the coming administration. The group will use the media to promote its own “GMB Boys” or suggest Northerners of their choice that they think would do their bidding.”

To lend credence to his assumption, El-Rufai alleged that “some already are boasting that they will choose the next petroleum minister and the executive leadership of the NNPC. They will seek direct control or great influence over key economic portfolios, including agencies involved in revenue generation (NNPC, FIRS, Customs, etc.) law enforcement (Attorney General, EFCC etc.) and financial services regulation (CBN, SEC, PenCom etc). This group will seek an alliance with some GMB family members to help strengthen their pre-eminent position in these areas”.

Nigerians are unanimous in condemning El-Rufai’s attempt to rubbish the contribution of Tinubu in formation of APC and its victory in 2015; and for trying to sow the seed of discord between the North and the Southwest that came together for the first time to rescue Nigeria from misrule and inept leadership.

Elder statesman and Afenifere leader Senator Ayo Fasanmi could not understand what El- Rufai wanted to achieve with his memo. He said it is absolutely impossible to write the history of APC, its formation and registration without mentioning the significant role played by Tinubu. He cautioned the Kaduna State governor against making ridiculous statements and urged him to face the business of good governance to restore peace in his state.

Fasanmi said: “Without the combined efforts of Tinubu and other progressive leaders, the story of APC could have been different.  The position we find the country in which President Buhari is fighting corruption with vigour would not have existed.

“It does not matter where the president comes from. What should be our concern, I mean the progressives in this country, is how to move the country forward, which I believe is the concern of President Buhari and the leadership of the APC. I wonder why the likes of El-Rufai should be making statements that could cause division, not only within the APC, but the country as a whole.

“Nigeria must come together to rescue the country; support the administration of President Buhari in his tireless efforts to restore normalcy to the polity and reposition the country.”

A lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Monday Ubani, said El- Rufai was not sincere with his  claim over the contribution of Tinubu to APC victory in 2015. He said: “El-Rufai has a very bad mindset for making such a statement. I respect him as an intelligent person, but he is very treacherous and not a sincere person; he sees himself as the Alpha and Omega. There was no way Buhari could have won, if he had gone it alone; it was Tinubu and the Southwest that made it possible for him to win”.

Ubani said Tinubu played a great role in the amalgamation of legacy parties and the emergence of the APC. “He made sure Buhari emerged as presidential candidate and won the election. Asiwaju sacrificed his personal ambition for Buhari to emerge as President after two unsuccessful attempts.

“It is true Buhari has credibility, but if he didn’t market it well, he can’t win. Tinubu and the people of the Southwest did that for him. He became popular in the South for the first time. El-Rufai’s memo cannot undermine the significant contributions made by Tinubu and Southwest.

“Let me say for record purpose that President Buhari has never forgotten the contribution of Asiwaju; he said it privately and openly that, without the support of Asiwaju and Southwest, he couldn’t have won the presidential election.”

Afenifere scribe Chief Seinde Arogbofa was disappointed with the El-Rufai’s comment. Tinubu, he said, unilaterally led the Southwest to Buhari’s camp and wondered why the governor would undermine his role.

Arogbofa said: “It was not too long ago that many people frowned at the treatment being meted out to Tinubu in the APC because we thought whatever may be his shortcoming, he didn’t deserve such treatment from a party he laboured to bring to power.

‘’Tinubu was a force in APC.  Although, different political groups came together to form the APC like Action Congress of Nigeria, led by Tinubu, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Buhari’s CPC. But, the most crucial factor was that of Tinubu in making Buhari president.But for Tinubu, the success story would have been otherwise.”

Lagos State APC Chairman Otunba Oladele Ajomale said Tinubu was the brain behind the formation of APC, adding nobody can take the leadership of the party from him. He said the ACN which, Tinubu led to the negotiation table for the formation of APC, was a senior partner. “We went there with six governors, the highest produced by the parties that merged to form APC,” he stressed.

Ajomale recalled that Asiwaju started crusade for the power shift, saying that he should not be rubbished. “Whatever you do you must reap the fruits of your labour,” he said.

He lamented some leaders were trying to put things right, few are trying to create problems within the party to truncate APC’s plan for the country.

El-Rufai’s political rival, Senator Shehu Sani, also had harsh words to the governor.

Sani, who represents Kaduna Central in the Senate, said it was unfortunate that El-Rufai who, smiles with Tinubu during the day light, stings him at night. He described the governor’s act as sad, unfortunate, perfidious and the height of ingratitude.

He added: “We must accept the stark truth that without Tinubu and the principled position of the Southwest, dislodging Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling PDP  could have still remain a pipe dream, a hollow hope or a political mirage.El-Rufai defecates on a broom that is supposed to clean the littered floor of the nation.

“President Buhari is the heart of APC and Asiwaju is the lungs. Tinubu’s contribution to the success of the party is unequalled. El Rufai smiles with Tinubu broad day light and stings him at night. He hugs Tinubu with a chest of hooks and shakes him with toxic palms.

“El-Rufai should publicly apologise to Tinubu and the Southwest. To insult a man publicly and apologise to him privately is to eat your cake and have it. Those heavily drinking from the liquor of power should know that they will later or lately have to drive back home.”

 

Source: The Nations

El-Rufai Arrest Kaduna Journalist

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-rufai has ordered the arrest and subsequently sent a Kaduna-based journalist, Mr Jacob Onjewu Dickson to Prison Custody, on the allegation of writing a story the state Government described as inciting.

Jacob Onjewu was invited by the State Police command over a story an online news medium www.autthenticnewsdaily broke that the governor was pelted and booed in  Angwan Gado a suburb of Malali axis in Kaduna North local government area of the state where a communal clash was said to have broken out earlier in the week.

The online medium was believed to be managed by Mr Dickson, but the said story was written by one  PHILIBUS DAUDA. Following the report on www.authenticnewsdaily, other conventional media reported the story.

However, Mr Dickson was on Thursday invited by the state Police Command to write a statement and thereafter was detained in the police custody where he passed the night in a police cell at the police headquarters.

Mr Dickson was on Friday shipped to Court, in Kaduna Magistrate  Court 1  where a secret trial was conducted in the judge office and Mr Jacob was asked to be remanded in prison custody without the option of bail.

It would be recalled that www.authenticnewsdaily reported that, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai was said to be stoned by angry youths in Ungwan Gado Community, a suburb of Kaduna metropolis, earlier this week.

It was gathered that the governor was there to broker peace between that community and a neighbouring community, resulting from the gruesome murder of a teenager, a day before his visit.

The incident occurred at about 9 pm, in spite of a strong presence of security operatives, deployed to the area to douse the rising tension.

An eyewitness informed that the governor on arriving the area was pelted, with chants of ‘ba mu so’ when translated from Hausa, means ‘we don’t want you’ chorused by the angry youths.

It was gathered that trouble in the communities all located within Malali axis in Kaduna, broke out when youths suspected to be under the influence of drugs stabbed a teenager to death at a public gathering they all attended.

It is still unclear if the youth that was murdered was a Muslim or Christian, but as it stands, the crisis is beginning to take a religious colouration.

Efforts to reach el-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan and the Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State, Zubairu Abubakar to respond to the development proved abortive as calls put to them were not picked. Text message sent to him on the development was also not responded to as at the time of filing this report.

As at the time of this report, tension is still high in the affected communities, with fears that reprisals may take place in other parts of Kaduna.

It was observed that Hausa traders who usually thronged the Yam Market located in Sabon Tasha, a 100 percent Christian community were completely absent from there on Tuesday night as rumours of the crisis spread throughout Kaduna City.

Kaduna APC Splinter Group Berates El-Rufai on Memo to Buhari

Kaduna senator, Shehu Sani, has urged the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to punish Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State for allegedly leaking to reporters a memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr. Sani, who is the Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, called for punitive measures in a statement he released in Abuja on Saturday.

In the September 2016 memo published this week, Mr. El-Rufai told President Buhari that he was losing the vision and the momentum with which APC started the change campaign.

The governor told the president how bad the nation was faring under his watch, and how the president’s policies, actions and in-actions have contributed to the nation’s woes, and what could be done to steer Nigeria back to greatness.

In the 30-page memo, first published, to Mr. Buhari touched several areas, ranging from the ailing economy, to the dynamics of the nation’s politics, lack of coercion within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the poor relationship between the president and the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, and other party leaders, including the APC governors.

Mr. Sani said it was ironic that while Gov. El-Rufai could not stand constructive criticism, he had the audacity to criticize the president.

“The governor always recommends that our party should punish me for criticizing him,” the lawmaker said.

“Now that he has fired a cruise missile at the President through a deliberately leaked memo, he should also be treated the same way.

 

“He accused me of being disloyal and disrespectful to the President and the party for speaking my mind.

“Now he has done his own cunningly by criticizing the President and the party, disguised it as a memo and leaked it out to the press.

“If our able party chair would give me five strokes of the cane for speaking out, the governor (El Rufai) should be given thrice that for ‘leaking out’.

“It’s often said that look at the message and not the messenger, but there are times when you can only decipher the message by looking at the messenger,” he said.

According to Mr. Sani, while Gov. El-Rufai is entitled to his opinion and perception, the contradiction and irony is that he carried out an action he always stood against when criticized.

He described the governor as disloyal and disrespectful, saying: “the difference is that while mine is blunt, his is dubious.

“Secondly, for all the issues he raised against the President, his own is worst in his space of governance both in the existence of cabal or politics of exclusion, incompetence or public perception.

“The difference is that the President is tolerant of criticisms and alternative views.’’

He said the leakage of the memo to journalists was an evidence that “logically he is leaking memo to rouse popular sympathy and create the image of “a competent alternative” to “Baba”.

Mr. Sani advised President Buhari to be cautious, saying: “he who keeps a scorpion in his pocket must always watch his groin and he who inherits a cobra should know that it’s not a pet.”

El-Rufai Orders FRSC Off Kaduna Streets

The Federal road safety commission has been barred by the Kaduna state government from erecting a check point in kaduna and other urban centers of the state.

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Nasiru El’Rufia the special assistant to the governor on media and publicity and Mr Samuel Aruwan, on Wednesday said in a statement that decisions has been taken concerning the complain of the general public in a meeting held by the state security council,about the road marshals.

He said, “The council acted following complaints that FRSC officials were acting in ways reminiscent of the VIO that was dissolved by the state government following widespread unease at their acts of disrespect for the public and penchant for extortion.”

The government stressed that the FRSC personnel have been barred “from indiscriminately stopping vehicles for inspection in Kaduna town, a situation which has been responsible for avoidable traffic congestion and accidents.”

The government further directed the FRSC officials to, henceforth, concentrate their activities “in ensuring safe travel on highways such as the Abuja-Kaduna expressway.”

It also barred petrol tankers from loading firewood, tomatoes and other goods on top of their vehicles throughout the state, because of the danger the practice pose to lives and property.

It said, “The Security Council, therefore, mandated security agencies to ensure compliance with these directives, and relevant agencies were also directed to impound defaulting tankers.”

The meeting of the security council was chaired by the governor, and had in attendance his Deputy, Mr Barnabas Bala, and heads of military and paramilitary agencies in the state.

(NAN)

 

 

Afenifere Condemns Buhari’s Silence on Southern Kaduna Violence

Afenifere, a leading socio-cultural group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to show respect for human life and condemn the violence and killings in southern Kaduna believed to be orchestrated by Fulani herdsmen.

This is following a report by the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan in Kaduna, which disclosed that a total of 808 people were killed in 53 villages across four local governments in the state. The report also revealed that 57 people were injured, farm produce estimated at N5.5 billion were destroyed, and 1,422 houses and 16 churches burnt.

In a statement by its leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the group urged the president to set up an inquiry into the killings to identify the remote and immediate causes, identify the perpetrators and also compel Governor Nasir El-Rufai to disclose all the killers he has interfaced with and compensated so that they can be brought to trial. The group also demanded that the victims be compensated.

Afenifere also asked Mr. President to instruct security agencies accused of taking sides in the conflicts to perform their duties fairly.

The statement read in parts: “It grieves us that the Federal Government has been quiet on these killings, relying on the governor of the state who has openly confessed that he looked out for the killers to compensate them because they are of the same ethnic stock with him.

“A state of emergency ought to have been declared in Kaduna as the governor, by that claim, can no longer be trusted to perform his constitutional duty of protecting the lives and property of all citizens.”

Afenifere condemned a statement credited by the spokesman of the President, Mr. Femi Adesina that Buhari had been quiet on the killings because he could not speak on every issue.

“How can the killings of citizens in hundreds be ‘every issue’? Has our President not sent messages to other countries where tragedies of lesser proportion occurred?

“When Mr. President was to visit Bauchi a few days ago and couldn’t make the trip because of bad weather, did he not speak directly to the people in Hausa language?

“The disappointment the people of Bauchi experienced over cancellation of a visit cannot be compared in any way to the sorrows, pains and anguish of the people of Southern Kaduna.

Also, the Bishop of Kaduna Diocese of Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev Timothy Yahaya yesterday urged Buhari to declare a national day of
mourning over the killing of innocent citizens.