Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-rufai paid tribute to president Buhari for urging him to run for the governor of Kaduna state and also revealed that he never considered himself ‘nice’ to rule the state.
The governor made this disclosure at the closing ceremony of the 2-day Economic Summit for investors interested in doing business in the state. El-rufai said he was still wondering why people still refer to him as a nice governor despite demolition of illegal structures by government.
He said, “I want to pay tribute to President Muhammadu Buhari who ensured that I became the governor of Kaduna State”. It was President Muhammadu Buhari that forced me to contest for the governorship race of Kaduna State in revenge for persuading him to run the presidential race.
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El-Rufai also said he would have lost the election that brought him to power if not for the card reader introduced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He also added that, “It is the Buhari phenomenon that had swept away the PDP. Buhari is a man of integrity, a Nigerian leader whose name has not been found in the Panama documents”.
He stressed that, “The president inherited 16 years of impunity, and it will take time to clean it up, so, all Nigerians need to be patient with him. And, with the quality of leaders we have in the country, Nigeria will take its rightful place in the comity of nations”.
He also thanked the people of Kaduna State for voting for them. We did not pay kobo to get those votes, if it were in those days without the card readers; we would have lost the election. He promised to keep working hard to make Kaduna state a better place