OPINION: El-Rufai’s Hypocrisy
In 1962, according to Alhaji Adamu Wazirin Fika, the Government of the Northern Region faced a shortfall in revenues from falling world commodity prices. At a crisis meeting of the regional ministers, the first decision agreed on was that the salaries of the ministers should be cut by 50 percent.
Today, even as the polity is becoming more heated due to worsening economic conditions and plans by the government to remove the subsidy on petroleum products, President Goodluck Jonathan in his wisdom led a retinue of three executive jets and a contingent of some 120 people to Australia for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM); the Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, while the Queen of England went by British Airways.
This statement was made in 2011 in a public presentation titled The Subsidy Conundrum by El-Rufai and was published in his book titled ‘These Times, selected writings and Speeches, [outside]’, page 127.
It is laughable and absolutely surprising that El-Rufai, who, while in exile in 2011 then, was objective in his analyses of Nigeria’s burning issues. In stark reality to the sweeping malicious economic policies of the APC, and Bola Tinubu, El-Rufai has remained mute and crawled into his shell in Kaduna as Nigerian masses groan.
The APC administration, which El-Rufai is part of, is now replicating in every form, all that El-Rufai criticized while in exile in the build-up to the 2015 elections. The APC has removed fuel subsidies, they have not cut Ministers’ salaries, they have appropriated over 70 Billion Naira to National Assembly Members, who are less than 500 in a population of over 200 million people. Where is Nasir El-Rufai? Just like most Nigerian politicians, they keep mum as much as they benefit from the organized chaos in the country. Hypocrisy at its peak
El-Rufai in his wailing years further asserted. A government seeking for belt-tightening among her citizens should be seen to be prudent. What we have instead is a regime that keeps an avalanche of presidential aides – with more appointed just two days ago. Why should ordinary Nigerians bear the burden of government insensitivity?
Where is the legitimacy for a government that keeps its recurrent spending at least 70% seeking to pass the burden of 360 new cars for the legislators to the ordinary citizen? Where are the specific projects to which the proposed savings would be committed? What sustainable implementation plan exists for such projects? Where is the blueprint to increase capacity to refine what is consumed locally? El-Rufai quarried
Dear Nasir El-Rufai, today, I want to remind you that, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has approved humungous sums for legislators of the 10th NASS to buy new vehicles and help them settle. Bola Tinubu has removed the subsidy and has not told us how much has been saved and which specific projects the funds will be deployed to.
Bola Tinubu has not given us the blueprint to refine local crude and end exportation. Why are you quiet Mr Nasir El-Rufai? Were your political advice only meant for Goodluck Jonathan and can not be understood by Bola Tinubu?
The Hypocrisy of some Nigerian elites stinks, It is time for the Nigerian People to take back our country
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