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Monday, 26 June 2017

Shehu Sani tells El-Rufai why he cannot be president in 2019


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- Shehu Sani, a senator representing Kaduna central district, gave credence to the speculation that El-Rufai plans to contest for presidency in 2019 

- Sani lamented that while El-Rufai castigated the government of Muhammadu Buhari as failed, his state has been facing serious insecurity 

Shehu Sani tells El-Rufai why he cannot be president in 2019

Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna central district, has described the administration of Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state as a failure. 


Sani, who has been in a long-standing battle with El-Rufai, urged the governor to shelve his presidential ambition for 2019 since he has failed as a governor. 

In a widely reported statement on Wednesday, June 21, Sani slammed El-Rufai for sitting as governor and allowing insecurity take the toll of the state. 

Sani lamented that while El-Rufai could not handle Kaduna state, he was accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of running a failed government. 

He accused the governor of engaging in systemic nepotism and complete absence of transparency in his leading of Kaduna state. 

“He (El-Rufai) thinks President Muhammadu Buhari failed but he never invited PMB to even commission a completed toilet in his state. 

“Under El-Rufai, Kaduna has become a hub of kidnappers and a sanctuary for herdsmen. 

“The very governor who once condemned the National Assembly for lack of transparency has proven to be worse. 

“El-Rufai wants to be seen as an apostle of Buhari’s change but he is actually the Judas of change. 

“It is hypocritical to promise Nigerians change and end up only ‘putting change in our pockets’. 

“There’s nothing progressive about many people who claim to be Buharists; they are reactionaries and career opportunists who can fit into any government in power.

 “I call on El-Rufai to suspend his presidential or vice presidential ambitions and concentrate on proper governance of the state. 

“Journalists in Kaduna State are under siege; blackmailed, arrested, pocketed or threatened with arrest and, as such, could not have written such a story. 

“El-Rufai jails journalists like Pinochet or Stalin. El-Rufai is a man with a mouth for criticism but without a stomach for criticism. 

“In his two years in office, he has jailed not less than seven journalists in Kaduna, of which many are in court. 

“Kaduna state is run like a personal ‘family and friends estate’ without any meaningful physical achievement other than sponsored media propaganda. 

“El-Rufai has no money to pay traditional rulers he recently sacked but has money to dispense as contracts to family, friends and political cronies. 


“El-Rufai has enough money to pay herdsmen but no money to pay district heads. 

“Kaduna is today littered with abandoned drainages to the point that the rainy season has turned Kaduna into a ‘coastal state with creeks’. 

“He is auctioning over 2,000 government houses he inherited but he has yet to build a hut,” he said.

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