El Rufai Flays Buhari Over Failing Economy, Says He Has Lost Vision

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A memo allegedly written by the Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to President Buhari on the state of the economy has surfaced.

According to Sahara Reporters, El-Rufai told Buhari that he is losing the vision and the momentum with which they started the change campaign.

The Governor also called on the President to communicate constantly with Nigerians, so they will know the plans of his government.

El-Rufai, in the memo, acknowledged that there is a cabal that is working hard to alienate the President from those who even worked hard to secure his victory during the 2015 election.

He said “I ran for state Governor because you directed me to do so.

“From 2010 when we joined your team, I have no other interest other than your place in history as our President. I believe in your integrity, commitment and sense of duty to make our nation better. I am distressed that our government is seen not to be succeeding mostly due to the failures, lack of focus and selfishness of some you have entrusted to carry on and implement your vision. I am troubled that our own missteps have made the PDP and its apparatchiks so audacious and confident.”

The Governor also said the Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, “is inexperienced in public service and lacking in humility.”

Adding that Lawal is “insensitive and rude to virtually most of the party leaders, ministers and governors. “

“The Chief of Staff is totally clueless about the APC and its internal politics at best as he was neither part of its formation nor a participant in the primaries, campaign, and elections.

“In summary, neither of them has the personality, experience, and the reach to manage your politics nationally or even regionally,” he said.

El-Rufai also accused Buhari’s political advisers of treating Governors and party leaders badly, saying that it will only lead to Buhari’s loss.

The Governor said “This situation is compounded by the fact that some officials around you seem to believe and may have persuaded you that current APC State Governors must have no say and must also be totally excluded from political consultations, key appointments and decision-making at the federal level.

“These politically-naive ‘advisers’ fail to realize that it is the current and former state governors that may, as members of NEC of the APC, serve as an alternative locus of power to check the excesses of the currently lopsided and perhaps ambivalent NWC.”

He also said “Mr. President, it is also clear to many of us that have studied your political career, that so long as you remain in the political landscape, no Northerner will emerge successfully on the national scene.

“All those wasting time, money and other resources to run in 2019 either do not realize this divinely-ordained situation or are merely destined to keep others employed and rich from electoral project doomed to certain failure.”

Adding that “In very blunt terms, Mr. President, our APC administration has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insurgency and corruption.

“Overall, the feeling even among our supporters today is that the APC government is not doing well.”

According to reports, the leaked memo was dated September 22, 2016.

Some political observers have described Governor Nasir El-Rufai as an outspoken gentleman, and reports say he has an eye on the President’s seat.

 See leaked memo below

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