Malam Nasir el-Rufai, a former Minister of Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory (FCT), in an interview suggested that the Federal Government is partly responsible for the recent bombings in parts of Northern Nigeria and Abuja. He suggested that the increase in bombings whenever controversial issues arise in the country cannot just be considered to be a coincidence. Speaking about the House of Representatives' probe of the fuel subsidies, he said, “We have to start accusing the government because anytime we are in this problem, like when the Farouk committee in the House of Representatives came out with its report on the fuel subsidy scam, at that time they started coming out with bombs all over."
“Therefore….we keep on asking the government : ‘ why is it whenever they have problem, that is when those they call Boko Haram will start bombing. Or are they working together? They are yet to give us an answer; there are many other things which up till now, there is no explanation. Every Nigerian knows that two years ago, there was rest of mind and he could sleep well at home. But today, there is no rest of mind, things have deteriorated.The economy has deteriorated; salaries are delayed in the Federal Civil Service. Since I left Abuja last week, April salary was not paid. That of March was paid in May, even the monthly allocation to states, they were unable to pay. We don’t know where the money is going so the economy is in trouble”.
However, the Special Assistant on Political Matters to President Goodluck Jonathan, called el-Rufai's allegations callous and unreasonable and said that the allegations are “just an outburst from the opposition camp which cannot hold water. It is the figment of his imagination, it is not true. Every right thinking person will not listen to that and will never agree with what El-Rufa’i is saying. This is because they are so extreme in their opposition. For example, ministers came out some days ago and they reeled out all the achievements and successes of governments.
Thanks be to Allah. It is now one year that President Goodluck Jonathan was elected and sworn in as president, and people are saying that he did nothing; I think perhaps it is either their brain is blocked or they are blind. This is because the various things this government has done, and is still doing, are there to be seen.”
“In the next two months, you will see trains shuttling between Lagos and Northern Nigeria, God willing. Everybody knows that road construction is on. Is that not so? Look at the education sector, we have gone far. Mallam Nasiru El-Rufa’I’s remarks, I m really baffled. He is one of the leaders in this country and in the North, and for him to start accusing the government that they are responsible for the spate of bombings, is not fair for big leaders to be making such statements that cannot be substantiated.
“It’s very unfair, the Presidency has mandated the EFCC to make sure that those indicted in the scam face the law. But you cannot punish anybody until he is found guilty. Thanks be to Allah, what I will say now is that all thanks be to Almighty Allah. It is now one year that President Goodluck Jonathan was elected and sworn in as President of this country, and people are saying that he did nothing; I think perhaps it is either their brain is blocked or they are blind. This is because the various things this government has done, and is still doing, they are yet to see.
“Just recently the President was in Sokoto where he inaugurated the Almajiri school for our kids, about nine and a half million of them that were on the streets begging. Now they will be admitted in schools built by the government. Fourthly, if we look at the aviation sector, look at all our airports, intense work is in progress. Anybody that visits our airports will attest to that. I am just telling you work that is done,”
el-Rufai also accused the Federal government of taking loans amounting to about $1 billion every month. He said, “We calculated and I wrote on it in the paper, nobody came out to say it is not true. Every month since Jonathan became the President, on the average, every month he takes $1 billion loan. The Debt Management Office published it, it is a government office. So, I am not just saying it. Even last month, the Federal Government sold bonds" El-rufai has challenged Nigerians to visit the website of the Debt Management Office (DMO) to verify his claims.
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lawrence kaduna, nigeria June 30, 2012
...bt when el-rufai was in gov't their were many things wrong,pls rufai dnt take ur anger of being out of gov't against d gov't u were once a part of...w'r trying to think here.
OMOTAYO, J. A. Lagos, NIGERIA June 05, 2012
When has Mr. El-Rufai become the people's advocate, today or this year? He seemed to have forgotten history so soon. Today the federal government is bad, mismanaging all sectors of the economy. But does the mismanagement start today or from the days of Mr. Obasanjo when Mr. El-Rufai was the arrow head of every govenrmnet policy?
We must recall that when the issue of high salary packages were introduced by the Obasanjo regime, Mr. El-Rufai was there to defend it. His defence: high salary was necessary to attract high caliblre experts. When the issue of payment to two serving ministers in foreign currency was made public, Mr. El-Rufai was there again to defend it. His defence: he personnally invited Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mr Bode Adiniji. In addition, he streessed that the duo were reluctanct to come until equivalent payments of what they were earning were assured.
It must be remembered that the late Mr. Gani Fawehinmi went to court on this issue. The supreme court finally decided the case that the duo should make some refund into the coffers of the government. The issue ended there because the fighter, Gani, was dead. I wonder why Mr. El-Rufai refused to see the begining of the problem he seems to elaborate upon today.
Mr. El-Rufai probably forgot his article or essay on how the PDP would rule Nigeria for over 50 years with the principal officers alligning themselves according to geopolitical North and South divide until the late law-abiding president, Mr. Yar'Adua, destroyed the arrangement. May his soul rest in peace, amen.
If Mr. Yar'Adua had not destroyed the arrangement, Mr. El-Rufai would not have been on self imposed exile. Mr. El-Rufai may have forgotten so soon that the number of houses destroyed in Abuja under his reign and the attendant wastages associated with the policy thrust created backlog of indebtedness for the incoming administration, a carry-over till the present regime. When then does Mr. El-Rufai become a changed person?
Mr. El-Rufai should not allow us to go back into history. What happened most of the 1950s and 1960s when the late Mr. Awolowo campigned in the north? Scores of cows were usually directed towards his campaign ground. Please read Mr. Kole Omotosho's book titled: "Just Before Dawn" for further details. Unfortunately, the same Mr. El-Rufai once stated before "Angela" in a television programme that Mr. Jonathan was his friend, and that at a time when he had issues with the EFCC, the boss of the organisation at a time requested him to "talk to your friend (Mr. Jonathan)". And truly, Jonathan was. Mr. Segun Adeniyi has revealed how Mr. El-Rufai and a few of his friends scuttled the ambition of Mr. Peter Odili at the late hour only to subsitute Mr. Jonathan as the late Mr. Yar'Adua's deputy.
If truly, Mr. El-Rufai should be trusted, what has stopped him from reaching out to his friend in Aso Rock, Mr. Jonathan, privately rather than fume in public? There are many more issue but I wish to close the chapter now. God save Nigeria.