Governor Nasir El-Rufai had allegedly written a memo to President Buhari on the state of the economy telling Buhari that he is losing the vision and the momentum with which they started the ‘change campaign’.
In reaction to the memo, Omokri has described El-Rufai as a “backbiter” and a “busybody.” Read what he wrote on his Facebook page:
“A backbiter must always bite and a backstabber must always stab! President Muhammadu Buhari should go and buy former President Obasanjo’s book, My Watch, to read what he said about El-Rufai.
“I recognised his weaknesses; the worst being his inability to be loyal to anybody or any issue consistently for long, but only to Nasir el-Rufai.” Did Obasanjo lie? You be the judge!
“A man who cannot govern his state believes he can advise a man who does not know how to govern a nation.
“Do you see why we are where we are? Parts of Kaduna are like a war zone. The state has not achieved any feat economically.
“The governor is in a power tussle with Shehu Sani, a Senator from the state. Kaduna citizens complain about lopsided appointments at the state level. Yet, this busybody leaves all of that to teach the President his business. He cannot carry a rat yet he wants to carry an elephant!”
In El-Rufai’s memo to President Buhari which was dated September 22, 2016 and first reported by Sahara Reporters, the governor allegedly 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.
In the memo, El-Rufai called on the President to communicate constantly with Nigerians, so they will know the plans of his government. It reads:
“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.”
El-Rufai said 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 the situation is compounded by the fact that some officials around Buhari seem to believe and may have persuaded him 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.
“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.”
In very blunt terms, El-Rufai said President Buhari, 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.