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Buhari’s men leaked my memo –el-Rufai

The Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, yesterday said he was disappointed that a private memo he sent to President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of the nation was leaked to the public.

He said those who published the document revealed the identities of those who leaked it to him.

The Kaduna governor spoke with State House correspondents shortly after he joined Buhari for the Juma’at prayer at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Recall that El-Rufai had in a 29-page memo dated September 22, 2016, told Buhari that his administration has not only failed in meeting the expectations of Nigerians but equally fell short of delivering on mundane issues of governance.

In the memo entitled, “Immediate and medium-term imperatives for President Muhammadu Buhari,” he also claimed that inexperienced and clueless officials, who don’t share in the vision of the ruling All Progressives Congress, surround the president.

El-Rufai also noted that he was conscious of the fact that his memo might be misunderstood but willing to accept the consequences.
He told State House correspondents that he didn’t have any wrong motive over his memo to the president.

While saying he has no regret for writing the document, the governor said he would not hesitate to write another memo to the president if the need arises.

He said, “I am disappointed that a private communication to the highest office in the land can be leaked and it was leaked from the villa. I am told by those that published it, but this is a fact of life.

“We live in an age where anything you write or say can be leaked. It is ok, my intentions are clear, I have no ill motive but I wanted to communicate with the president what many Nigerians are talking about and what steps can be taken to improve governance of the country and move the country forward.

“That was my motive and if tomorrow, like I said, I see anything that the president needs to know I will discuss with him and I will articulate and put it into writing and on the record for him to have a reminder document to work on.

“I have no regrets and I have no apologies”.


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  1. AZZO 15th April 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Nice one Mallam Elrufai. I just like your person. Yes, some clueless political illiterates and idle minds at the villa deliberately (not mistakenly)leaked your memo. They did that to impress their principal for their own gains. Foolish, very foolish. You wonder why the president still have such persons around him after what is clearly an apparent dereliction of duty.

  2. Onyewuchi Nze 16th April 2017 at 12:29 am

    I stop believing El-Rufai when he said that the Fulani herdsmen that had been terrorizing the people of Southern Kaduna, were from Senegal, Gambia, Mali, etc.

    I started being carefully with what he says after the bribery scandal that clogged his appointment as a Federal Minister.

    People like El-Rufai can always shine in a system, such as we have in Nigeria.

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