El-Rufai Brothers Differ On Debt Allegation By Gov Uba Sani

Rep. Bello El-Rufai

Bello and Bashir, both sons of the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai have shared different opinions about the recent allegation from their father’s successor, Senator Uba Sani, that Kaduna State is struggling with huge debts.

 On Saturday 30th March, Gov Sani had said at a Town Hall Meeting in Kaduna, said he inherited a huge debt burden of $587m, N85bn and 115 contractual liabilities from the El-Rufai administration, making it difficult for him to pay workers’ salaries.

Bashir described the governor’s statement as a flippant excuse to cover up the failings of his government.

The younger El-Rufai wrote on X: “These guys have realised that they are wholly incompetent and the only way to mask the nonsense is to deflect. From a Governor that is always sleeping in Abuja to a litany of incompetent aides that were only rewarded for foolish political reasons.

“FYI: He was the Senator from Kaduna who lobbied & approved the loans.”

But Bello who is a member of the House of Representatives has risen in support of Gov Sani.

The lawmaker also took to X to post his opinion on the matter. His words: “It’s a known thing in politics that some people won’t rest unless there are fights between one another. I am in the middle, and I could even be meeting with the governor tonight in thirty minutes.

“Two weeks ago, I had to call my brother and tell him to drop a tweet. I did that today, but he refused. He is over 30 years old. People should stop confusing our handles.

“I am loyal to Governor Uba Sanni, and I will not criticize him publicly. No one will make me do that. He mentored me, gave me my first government job, and believed in my election. This too shall pass. The rural development being done in Kaduna State is impressive.

“Nigeria, as a whole, not just Kaduna, is facing financial constraints. As leaders, we are all elected to do what we can with what we have and improve it. I honestly do not see what the fuss is about.”

“The governor is the leader of the state, and for the sake of transparency, even though Mallam as the outgoing governor put it in his outgoing speech how much money he is leaving in the state, it is within the governor’s—let me take that back—it is the duty, of course, for the sake of transparency, to let the citizens of the state know the financial condition.

“And now, let me clarify, social media attacks will never shake my boss, Governor Uba Sani. So, a few attacks from people for obvious reasons coming at him is not the reason he did what he did”, Bello went further to say.

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