- A recent memo written by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state allegedly attacking the government of President Muhammadu Buhari has drawn the ire of some Nigerians
- Among those currently angry with El-Rufai and other governors criticising Buhari is Senator Shehu Sani
The senator representing Kaduna Central on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC0 has come down hard on governors in the country saying they do not have the moral right criticize President Muhammadu Buhari and his performance.
Though Sani did not mention any particular governor, it is believed he was reacting to the memo reportedly written by the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, to President Buhari concerning the performance of the current administration.
NAIJ.com reports that Governor El-Rufai had complained in the memo about the poor impression created by the APC government so far further lamenting an alleged poor output from the president’s appointees.
Punch reports that while speaking with journalists after a meeting with community leaders in Chikun local government area of the state, Sani said: “I will say it well; no governor in Nigeria has any moral right to call President Muhammadu Buhari a failure.
“You collect Federal allocation and local government allocation every month, so you cannot call President Buhari a failure.
“You collect Ecology fund, Paris Club fund and Bail-Out fund so you cannot call Mr President a failure.”
The senator added: “If you don’t want Buhari to have a cabal, you should dissolve the cabal in your own houses; and if you want Buhari to have listening ears of Nigerians, you must perform.
“I want to call on the president, as we gear up towards 2019, he should never recommend anybody for election again to the public; he should allow people to decide who they want to vote-in and who they want to vote-out.
“President Buhari should forget the culture of raising the hands of people; we are supporting him to contest 2019, but he should stop the culture of raising Mr A or Mr B’s hand; most of the time he is raising the hands of people who betrayed him and Nigeria.”
Speaking earlier, the senator said he was in the area to get the opinion of the statekeholders on the Kaduna Eastern by-pass road project.
“I am here to listen to your request over the Eastern by-pass contract, which the Federal Government has now jacked up to over N40 billion.
“I must be very clear to you that none of the federal legislators, especially those from Kaduna Central, was consulted when the issue was to be discussed.
“I knew very well that in 2016-2017 budget, I insisted that Kaduna Eastern by-pass must be included in the budget, but I read in the pages of newspapers like any one of you that the contract was jacked up to N42 billion.
“I don’t know how the federal ministry of Works arrived at such amount of money, but I believe for a project like this, there could have been the need to consult the communities where this road passed through and also the elected representatives of the people,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com sampled the opinions of Nigerians concerning the performance of Buhari. Here is one of the responses: