Open Letter To Malam Nasiru @elrufai By Amiru Halilu
I must first of all thank God for making it possible for us to make such a magnificent change; I must also congratulate us-the people of Kaduna state for having you, such an agile mind as our executive governor; congratulations on your well deserved victory. Before the gubernatorial election, I stated categorically in my twitter account and on my facebook page that my change will be incomplete without voting out Gov. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero and voting in Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and I also said whoever disconnect himself from the journey of Malam Nasir El-Rufai disconnects himself from what he truly want in Kaduna state. All because I have no iota of doubt in my mind that the hope people vested in you will be realized and I have the strong believe that you can deliver Insha Allah.
Just like the president elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, despite the vilification, castigation and campaign of calumny by the PDP such as mai rusau which has become a source of popularity for you, you enjoyed an overwhelming support like no one else in the history of Kaduna state. The margin (631, 802) clearly shows that the change we have been advocating is at our heart not on our lips. We have indeed spoken at the poll. Therefore, we must be listened to, you must respond to our calls and our kind gesture must be reciprocated.
Sir, you are well aware of the saying: “Reputation is the cornerstone of power; through reputation you can intimidate and win but once it slips, however, you are vulnerable. I guess you know that you were voted overwhelmingly because of your competency, your reputation, your principles and above all, you were overwhelmingly voted to right the wrongs of PDP’s sixteen years. A ripe insinuation against you impelled me to pick my pen and caution you before you take the oath of office. It’s insinuated that you have established a good rapport with one of the Honourable member in Kaduna State House of Assembly whom during your electioneering campaign you promised to compensate with the seat of a commissioner in case he lost his re-election bid but unfortunately he won, courtesy of the Buhari factor.
There is no problem for you to have a good rapport with any member but there is problem in compensating a mediocre with the seat of commissioner simply because you feel he contributed immensely towards your victory. When this rang into my ears, it was difficult for me to get my head around the fact that the Mallam Nasir I knew – the Mallam Nasir that is so much in love with competency will include a mediocre into his cabinet. Even though the Mal. Nasiru as FCT minister may be slightly different from the democratically elected Mallam Nasir, I still have no alternative than to debunk this unfounded rumour.
Election has come and gone, the issue of who will be the speaker in Kaduna state house of assembly come to light. It was also insinuated that you openly endorsed and stood firm for the same member to become the speaker in return of what he had done for you until when your attention had been drawn to the fact that it cannot be possible because you both hail from the same zone. Then you succumb and rest your case. I have a strong perception of you which I always vociferously aired: “whenever Mallam Nasir finds himself in the company of semi-illiterate, it will not take him five minutes to identify and define him.” I don’t easily fall prey to rumour that is why I don’t believe that a highly intelligent man – a man of your caliber will pave way for a person who in a civilized and healthy society is not competent enough to represent even his family at weekly community meeting to become the speaker in Kaduna state house of assembly.
Nevertheless, as human being, you are not infallible; you have your flaws and mistakes. So you need some piece of sincere advice: Meddling in the legislative affairs is an invitation to chaos and violence into your government. You know very well that nepotism, favouristism, dictatorship, tyranny, oppression are some of the factors that characterized the PDP’s sixteen years of misrule. We opted for a greener pasture in APC in the hope that it will clean the mess of PDP. For you to succeed in doing that, you must allow the theory of separation of power to take its course and you must respect the rule of law.
Congratulations once again on your well deserved victory! I wish you a successful tenure in office.
AMIRU HALILU can be reached through email@example.com