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El-Rufai’s memo shocks Buhari, APC

We’re studying the letter –Party

From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja and Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari remain in shock and are yet to find the appropriate words to reply Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, whose letter criticizing the President and the party for poor handling of issues of governance was leaked to the media on Thursday and has been trending since then.

In the memo, dated September 22, 2016, but which went viral Thursday, el-Rufai,  a dye-in-the-wool loyalist of Buhari, noted that his warning became necessary, because his political future was intrinsically tied to that of Buhari, adding that: “poll after poll in Kaduna State, before and after the 2015 elections, clearly shows that my fate, politically and otherwise, is uncannily tied to yours. If you do well, I stand to benefit immensely. If you do not do well sir, whatever I try to do in Kaduna matters little to my present and any future political trajectory.”

“There is a perception that your ministers, some of whom are competent and willing to make real contributions, have no clear mandate, instructions and access to you. Ministers are constitutional creations, Mr. President, and it is an aberration that they are expected to report to the Chief of Staff on policy matters,” el-Rufai noted.

He also echoed the insinuation in some quarters that appointments into  Buhari’s government was lopsided, in favour of a particular section of the country, saying: “There is a strong perception that your inner circle or kitchen cabinet is incapable, unproductive and sectional. The quality and the undue concentration of key appointments to the North-East and exclusion of South-East are mentioned as evidence of this.”

Shocked by the turn of events, APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said that the memo from el-Rufai to the President needed to be studied, stressing that the national leadership of the party would study it even though he described it as the governor’s legitimate views.

Chief Odigie-Oyegun and the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who reacted to the bomshell, stated that given the number of pages and the issues raised, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party would need some time to study it.

Assuring that the party would make its comments public after studying the memo, the ruling party also stated that the legitimate views of the governor had turned out to be of concern to Nigerians.

In his words: “We will study it and comment later publicly. We thought it was a private memo to the President, but we will look at it and if we have any suggestions to make, we will make them later. It concerns Nigerians and his legitimate views, which he has expressed. We will see how it concerns us, the party and the nation and if there is need, we will comment on it subsequently.”

Similarly, APC spokesperson, simply quipped: “We are just studying it and we will respond very soon. It is a 30 -page memo, therefore we have to study it conclusively.”

Kaduna based lawyer, Mr. Wahab Page, said the Kaduna State governor, exhibited rare courage in the face of sycophancy  by writing the letter to President Buhari  over the inability of the ruling party to manage expectation of Nigerians after two years in office.

This was even as the governor’s aides yesterday kept mute over the issue, and completely refused to say a word about the letter. When Saturday Sun contacted el-rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, through text message and phone calls, there was pin drop silence. He did not pick his calls or reply the text messages.

Ditto the Special Adviser on political matters and inter-governmental affairs, Honourable Uba Sani.

Attempts to get presidential spokesmen, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu, to respond to the issues raised in the letter did not yield any response as they refused to speak on the matter. A highly placed official in the presidency, however, said the President was shocked that the content of a supposed private letter to him was leaked to the media.


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  1. Mizch 18th March 2017 at 4:09 am

    Hard truth makes the butts unstable. Did Aisha Buhari not say that and was immediately confined to “the other room and the kitchen?”

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 18th March 2017 at 5:16 am

    The people of the coastal states should know they have absolute responsibility for their native land, themselves on their native land etc. Their only solution now is them to know what majority of them want, stand firmly on it, do it and defend it. If not, the illiterate assholes from west and north will continue to make mockery of them with all kinds of nonsense statements etc. about them called, peace, master plan, fact-finding, fair deal etc. When their own home in west and north are in ruin, killing themselves in the north and west etc. which shows their high level of intellectual incapacility to handle affairs of humanity- social, economic etc.- uncivilized animals, which disqualified them to even talk anything concerning the coastal states nickname Niger Delta etc.

  3. maduagwu nkemakolam 18th March 2017 at 5:27 am

    There is hope for our country. The political sycophants are confused. The ‘ Yes Members’ who would not open their mouth and say the truth now because of their selfish interest. But when they are out of favour or office, they would have all the answers to the Nigerian problem.
    Once the leadership of this country shows and acts with courage, we shall be out of the wood. And i’m quite sure that Mr President would appreciate El-Rufai’s concern. This is a guy that means well for the President and by extension for the country. This is good politics.
    Mallam, thanks for having the courage to speak up. Nigeria has a future.

  4. Nelson Ogbu 18th March 2017 at 7:56 am

    Nigerians are only suprised at this kind of comments coming from a serving Govenor, a stunch member of the ruling party and a close ally of the president because in the past, our leaders had been praise singers who refused to call a spade a spade. Should Aisha Buhari not be vindicated now?

  5. Olufemi Bello 18th March 2017 at 9:22 am

    President Buhari, pls listen to what the Governor of Kaduna has said . All he wanted is for You and APC to succeed. Pls don’ t listen to those who will tell you that the Governor did not wish you well. God Almighty will continue to shower you and your government divine wisdom to pilot the affairs of this country

  6. AZZO 18th March 2017 at 10:15 am

    That the President is shocked that a privarte memo to himself eventually went public more than supports and confirms El-Rufai’s concerns with the administration. In truth, is it not the case then that the offices of the presidential spokespersons including that of his chief of staff and DSS are surrounded by a group of grossly incompetent people? Otherwise how can one explain how a simple memo slipped out to the public? But this is just child’s play compared to the concerns raised in the said memo. There is nothing the APC should be studying (except of course if we have a bunch of literate sycophants or illiterates) as this memo is all points on, with chronological dexterity, efficiently abbreviated, punctuated and garnished with functional universal grammar. So please APC, don’t take Nigerians for idiots. In your best interest, invite El-rufai to take and make key decisions in propelling this country forwards to where it should be. Those who feel slighted by this memo should humble themselves for sake of country and humanity and allow El-rufai to set the template for proper governance in the country. He and others with like minds in the APC have what it takes to redeem the image of the APC which is at an all time low. The last time someone said their minds they were shouted down and even described in derogatory phraseology even by persons they so loved- Madam Aisha Buhari are you still there? Did you read this memo of late? Allah Suwaanttalla is on your side madam – no shaking.

    • Alabi 19th March 2017 at 7:50 am

      El- Rufai is taking d advantages of d present situation to place himself for 2019. Nigerians let shine our eyes this man/ governor is not a saint or better alternative what is happening in his state is a case study, eye opener and a serious warning from Almighty God. This is how this man behave when is desperate for something.

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