Governor El-Rufai dispels rumours of strained relationship with Presidency

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai says he has a cordial relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari, contrary to insinuations that the relationship has been soiled because of a letter he wrote to the President on matters that relate to governance.

“There is no strain in my ties with the President. My relationship with him has never been strained in anyway, because it is that of a father and his son and it is a privilege for me. What I wrote was not a letter it was a private memo to the President, which was leaked from within the Villa and those who leaked it had their motive. I wrote it seven months ago and before that, I have written similar ones that never got leaked,” he explained.

The Governor made the remark while speaking to State House Correspondents after observing the Jumaat prayer alongside the President at the Villa mosque.

The Kaduna state Governor claimed that some of the programmes being implemented by the Federal government were among things he suggested in the letter he wrote.

“I believe that since September last year when I wrote the letter, there has been significant improvement in the delivery of services to our people. At the Federal level some of our programmes have started in earnest. They include the social programmes and the N-Power. Budget releases have hit over a trillion naira of capital budget and all these are good for the development of the country, the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan has been published and launched and this has been part of my concern,” he said.

Furthermore, Governor El-Rufai said those in leadership positions need to be allowed some space by those they govern, to enable them focus more on the task ahead of them.

According to him, attending to too much visitors strains leadership thus reducing their output.

He said President Muhammadu Buhari must be allowed to recuperate well, in order to serve the country better.

“Those who love our President should allow him time to rest and also do more work, instead of paying him too many visits; strings of visitors strains leadership,” he stressed.

On his relationship with the National Assembly, the Governor said all is well and he will continue to respect the positions of all the members.

He said: “There is no problem between my humble self and them. What happened last Friday was, I simply asked the leadership of the National Assembly to fulfil a promise it made itself, to publish the details of its budget and I think doing so will kill the rumour being peddled about the huge amounts of money people say they spend.”

The comments by El-Rufaai follow the backdrop of a letter he wrote to President Buhari, which got leaked and generated a lot of controversy.

The Governor said the letter in question has not soiled their relationship and he decided to keep away from the villa, to allow the President some time to rest.