MALLAM NASIR-ELRUFAI AND THE DANGER OF MISDIRECTION

I love Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, not just from the time he forayed into politics, but way back from our days in the University. They were ahead of us in ABU Zaria, and because of his brilliance, he was always a reference point, particularly to those of us that entered the university with the permissible minimum qualification. Because we fell in the class of the “let my people go”, we were always battling to cope with the challenges of the books.

MALLAM NASIR-ELRUFAI AND THE DANGER OF MISDIRECTION

PUBLISHED: STVN 14 DECEMBER, 2019

By Bala Ibrahim
I love Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, not just from the time he forayed into politics, but way back from our days in the University. They were ahead of us in ABU Zaria, and because of his brilliance, he was always a reference point, particularly to those of us that entered the university with the permissible minimum qualification. Because we fell in the class of the “let my people go”, we were always battling to cope with the challenges of the books.
As those of us, who gained admission to the SBS(ABU) with few credits were being harassed and looked down upon, people like Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, whom we were made to understand, came to SBS not just with Division one distinction, but with an aggregate six, were being hailed as heroes.
Our principal then, Mr. Angulu, once told me and some friends in my category, that we were the best amongst the worst, while Giant, as Nasir was nicknamed, is the best amongst the best of the school. I guess he was so nicknamed because of his giant mental and academic capacity.
Any way, we managed to pass and proceeded to the main departments, as we used to say. Again on graduation, Giant’s name was used to terrorize some of us that were regular in the campus for the September re-sit examinations. They said he passed not just with honors, but made a first class, while some of us were struggling to avoid failing with honors.
His stint at the BPE, which made Nigeria witnessed drastic and radical transformation in the way and manner public enterprises can be managed for maximum public benefit, was my first chance of assessing his giant capacity in practical public operations. By the time he became the minister of FCT, and brought the “out of the box” thinking mentality to the government, Mallam Nasir had completely won my heart beyond his height.
I want Mallam Nasir to head Nigeria, not just because of his intimidating credentials, but because he has the vision, wherewithal and the courage to direct the country to greatness. However, something happened last week in Kaduna, where he received the gesture of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, with alot of magnificient cremonial display.
At the occasion, and still after his return home, Obasanjo has been eulogizing Mallam Nasir, to the point of calling him the best thing that ever happened to Nigeria. These pronouncements from Obasanjo, have been giving me headache, stomachache and even overall body ache.
The minute one comes into the good books of Obasanjo, then such a person is on his way to political destruction. He has destroyed all the people he eulogized, particularly when he prophesized their destiny to the presidency.
Obasanjo is believed to be besieged by the most devilish of the demons or the evil spirits, whose hold or possession of him, are making him a person to be avoided, for fear of falling victim to a man that acts as a tormentor in hell.
The shopping list of his victims in the north is long, very long, including people like Sule Lamido, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Mutari Shagari, Makarfi, with Atiku Abubakar as the latest casualty.
He raises people’s hope through deceitful pronouncements of their accomplishments, only for them to realize that, what he was saying, is the reverse of what he had in mind. That is Obasanjo for you.
Much as I pray for Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to become Nigeria’s president, I really don’t want Obasanjo to be amongst the catalyst that would make that dream come true. It would be ominous.
Already in their characteristic inguinity, some Nigerians have crafted some cynical quotes, which are currently circulating in the social media, to the effect that, El-Rufai had avoided Obasanjo so many times in recent past, and for him to receive him this time around, there must be something nefarious.
I hope Mallam would make giant consultations, with the aim of avoiding any misdirection. If he succeeds, he would be the second Nigerian after Buhari, to be a Governor, a Minister and the President of Nigeria.
And I can bet my wallet, Nigerians would smile like never before.
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