Nasir El-Rufai, the controversial diminutive former governor of Kaduna State, reportedly no longer wishes to become a minister under Bola Tinubu.
He not only resigned as a minister but also proposed that Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, a commissioner in the ministries of local government, education, and the environment in Kaduna State, take his place.
The Senate’s decision to reject El-Rufai and two other nominees, Stella Okotete of Delta State and Sani A. Danladi of Taraba State, prompted the release of the report.
You may recall that the Senate approved 45 of Tinubu’s 48 nominations while Senator Godswill Akpabio was in office.
El-Rufai, Okotete, and Danladi reportedly failed security tests and were therefore not confirmed, according to the Red Chamber. The ex-governor is a strong admirer of Tinubu, but according to a story in Premium Times from Friday, citing sources in the Presidency, he has turned down the chance to serve as a minister in the administration.
According to reports, El-Rufai promised Tinubu that he would keep doing his part for national development in his spare time.
It was stated in the report that the former governor “needed time to focus on his doctoral program at a university in The Netherlands” and that Sani would prove to be “very useful and resourceful” to Tinubu in his new role.