Hawks On The Prowl Of El-Rufai Again, By Mukhtar Maigamo
Posted On Sep 11, 2017
In the past few days, the Nigerian space is abuzzed with commentaries about how Aisha Alhassan, the minister of women affairs was caught fraternizing with Atiku Abubakar; an open-secret of how she’s two-timing Mr President. Unsurprisingly, as the commentaries fly, it became more frenzied when the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir Elrufai added his voice on the matter.
It has since then opened a cannon of invectives, mudslinging and all sorts of ad hominem against the character and personality of Elrufai. It has taken this dimension only because some forces who are nursing the ambition of becoming president, which we shall see shortly, have considered Elrufai as their stumbling block; of course because of the fact that he is the foremost blue-eyed boy of president Buhari.
Also structuring the genealogy of their cohorts-who joined the fray of casting aspersions against Elrufai, there are PDPs, Jonathanians Shiites, crypto-Shiites who have axes to grind with the governor.
This particular minister’s incident has provided a leeway for these elements to latch Elrufai with crossbows-front, back, left, right and center with manufactured innuendoes and outright lies. The hawks have now bare their fangs with their hired social media goons to the extent of fabricating fake news about the whereabouts of Chibok girls in the name of the Minister as a response to El-rufai. (The minister has disassociated herself with the fake news though)
Even more despicable, the hired goons have gone to the extent of dusting off a statement once made by Elrufai against GMB and IBB then and are now masturbating over it as a revisionism of sort.
For the umpteenth times the governor provided an explanation as a counter to what revisionists are dancing on now. Thus “..this statement has been quoted by the Jonathan team repeatedly to established my position about Buhari as if I could not change my views based on new facts, information or emerging circumstance.
When circumstances led to Buhari and I having to work together, we discussed these instances of misunderstanding, appreciated that what we had in common was bigger than these incidents, and moved on in the interest of the country and never looked back” (The Accidental Public servant- page 450 )
But one wonders as to why the hates on Elrufai? The reasons are not far-fetched
One, as I said earlier on, Elrufai today is no doubt one of the foremost faire-haired boys of president Buhari, a fact never hide by the president himself. That’s expectedly not going down well with many elements who are lurking to get the lever of that presidential seat. They are seeing Elrufai as their roadblock hence that explains all the sustained campaign of calumny against him.
Two, there is a tendency that if you placed Elrufai on anything he will excel even to the chagrin of many. He is naturally good, a man of convulsive industry, with unrivalled capacity for work and mastery of schematic complexities of all the things that come his way. This fact is too obvious looking at his past accomplishments, for example how he met FCT and how he later on transformed it into an imposing edifice, and how he is transforming Kaduna state against all odds, especially against the bashings of Ultraconservatives.
As opined by Chief Joop Berkhout that “Mallam Elrufai is a courageous, committed and daring man, a capable leader who made things happen even against all odds.” Also “In getting to know Nasir, I have gotten to know an exceedingly courageous, inherently honest, highly intelligent, extremely loyal and above all a God fearing man” says Pastor Tunde Bakare. A man of such stamp is bound to attract enemies and frenemies.
Elrufai has a congenital inability to be “politically correct”, he is known to be frank and never mince word about any topical issue and about what he believes in. He is an incorruptible servant of truth.
One of the tragic tales of the Nigerian condition is the dearth of many Elrufais as key players in our politics and political systems who will take a thankless task of leadership as a means of serving the humanity. Demagogues, rabble-rousers and desperate moneybags have taken over the space.
They are out to enervate Elrufai with all their stockpiled arsenals. They are doing it through their hired goons; with propaganda and lies as part of a ploy to distract him on the good works he is doing. But he is unperturbed, he never respond to their rants, he is impervious to all the devilish campaign. He is more of the Oak than the Willow
Mukhtar Garba Maigamo is a Public Affairs Analyst from Kaduna State