El-Rufai finally opens up on leaked memo, swore to expose more wrongs in Buhari’s administration
|El-Rufai and President Buhari|
memo written to President Muhammadu Buhari leaked to the media.
authored the notorious memo.
said that the memo was sent to the President Buhari to right some wrongs in his
write the memo since he felt that persons close the head of state could not
tell him the unpleasant fact he would like to hear.
all, let me say that this is not the first memo I have written to the
president. From the time I began to interact politically with him in 2010,
anytime I saw a situation requiring advice or change in direction, I usually
went to discuss with him. I always said, ‘I will go and reduce it to writing so
you can have a document to reflect upon and decide and guide your action.
tenth memo I have written to the president. I have probably written more than
20 memos. I did this at various stages – from our days in the Congress for
Progressive Change (CPC), before the 2011 elections, after the 2011 elections
and during the merger process.
that my duty to him as my political leader is to pick up what he doesn’t hear
because as a lower person, I get to hear more about what is going on. And if I
see things going wrong, I have duty to go to him and say, ‘This is what I have
heard, the facts I have established and my advice on the way forward.
problem-solving memos, they identify problems, analyse them and propose
solutions. So, this is the spirit of all my memoranda to the president from
2010 till date.
because I felt very strongly at that time that many things were not working as
planned. I was part of All Progressives Congress (APC) Strategic Planning
Committee. I am one of the authors of the manifesto; I was part of the 34
people that signed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
document to register the party.
APC as one of my children. I know the dream we had and the very high
expectations our people had in Buhari’s government. And I am close enough to
the president to know what he is committed to in terms of social justice and
progress. I see the people that have been trusted to drive the agenda are not
other things that what is Buharism. And I am a Buharist. I believe in the man,
I gave the last seven years of my life working with him and knowing him. From
the time we worked with Obasanjo’s government, Oby Ezekwesil and I would always
go and confront him when we see something going wrong. When it required
writing, we would write to him. This is how I have been. I feel that the duty
of every subordinate is to tell the truth to his superior and the superior can
take a decision.
going on and decided that I would have a comprehensive discussion with him. I
raised many issues in the memo in the previous discussions with him because
every once in a while I go to the president with my list of issues.
Daura during last sallah in the company of Pastor Tunde Bakare, his running
mate in the 2011 presidential election, I shared some of the items on the memo
with him, So three of us sat with the president and went through the first
draft memo. We looked at it and debated. He gave his views about some aspects
of the memo. This was about seven months ago.
have put on the record what I think is not going the right way. It is the
president’s call to move the agenda forward. If you look at some aspects of the
memo, you would see that he has begun implementing some.
El-Rufai said that he never knew how it turn out to be the public property, further
said that if had wanted it to be made public he would have done so before now.
written several memos to the president. This is the first one that has leaked.
I can state categorically that I didn’t leak it. If I did, I would say so. I
wrote the memo, it’s my memo, I could have made it public if I chose to, but I
did now,” He said.