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FLASHBACK: El-Rufai to President: Quit if you can’t solve Nigeria’s problems


Eight years ago, an uproar in the federal government reverberated across the country when former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai now the governor of Kaduna state, called on Nigerian president, Goodluck Jonathan now the former president of the country to quit if he could not solve the growing security threats to lives and property in the country.


_HIS WORDS GATHERED BY VAM NEWS WERE AS FOLLOWS “IF HE CANNOT DO THE JOB FOR WHICH HE WAS ELECTED TO DO, HE SHOULD CONSIDER GOING HOME. NO PRESIDENT HAS EVER SOUGHT THE HELP OF THE ORDINARY PEOPLE IN TACKLING SECURITY PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY_


_“The protection of lives and property of the citizens is the basis of any government in power and if the leadership has failed woefully to deploy the resources and information at its disposal to enforce coercive power for the benefit of the society, then it had no reason to stay on,”_ he said.

Also, his tweet picked by this newspaper, "Nothing wrong with asking a president to resign, even presidents that are useful to their people get asked to..."
20:16 • 23/07/2012.


At the time that he spoke, Nigeria was the fourth most terrorised nation in the world. Now, fast forward to today, Nasir El-Rufai is now Governor of Kaduna state, and his mentor, President Muhammadu Buhari is currently the President of the nation and Chief Security Officer of Nigeria. Yet, despite this dream team, Nigeria is more insecure today.


According to the Global Terrorism index, Nigeria is now among the leading country in the world facing insecurity, attack on #EndSARS protesters, even with the current record that the epicentre of insecurity is now the northeast and Kaduna state.


MR Governor, Who once asked the then President, Jonathan to resign is today mute on the turnout of his kaduna's state internal security woo and security collapses in the nation.


It is sad that human life has become nothing and like a tissue paper in Kaduna and also the spate of violence escalates, particularly in the Southwestern states during the EndSARS protest and in Nigeria at large, kidnapping everywhere, injustice everyday.


Recalled that El-Rufai went on national television to announce that he paid Fulani to stop killing and this same Governor is positioning to be president of the nation in 2023.


There has been no improvement in the quality of life of Nigerians under Buhari’s watch. Undeterred, Editorial concluded: “Government even said if ‘we don’t perform, stone us’.


El-Rufai, apparently aware of the mess inept leadership, including his and Buhari’s, has plunged Nigeria into in the security affairs of the nation.


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