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El-Rufai: 'I can swear I never stole a Kobo from government'

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State

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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has challenged his predecessors to come out and swear with Holy Qur’an that they did not steal from the government’s coffers when they were in office.

The Kaduna State Governor who said this during a media chat on Sunday said he is ready to do so.

He was reacting to criticisms of his performance in office by one of his predecessors, former Governor Ahmed Makarfi.

Makarfi had recently raised alarm that El-Rufai’s administration has issued notice to demolish structures housing nine of his companies.

However, El-Rufai, while not specifically mentioning Makarfi accused some of his predecessors of using funds they stole from public till while they were in office to build mansions in Kaduna and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

On the contrary, he the outgoing Governor said he has not stolen a kobo from the government’s treasury since he was elected to govern Kaduna in 2015.

He cited the fact that he still has the only house he built before he became a governor in Kaduna.

This, he said, was contrary to the an unnamed former governor who used funds allegedly stolen while he was in office to build a mansion on Jabi Road in the ancient city.

The Governor also boasted that the projects he had embarked will endure for many years because of their quality.

El-Rufai said, “I am happy with what we have seen. The work we have started and the quality of the work, we are going to spend years enjoying them. It is not the type of roads they did in the past that, after two rainy seasons, the roads will spoil. These works we are doing, we are doing them with quality.

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“As a result of that, every Naira and Kobo that we got, whether revenue or allocation from Abuja or loan, I swear by God, we have used it for the development of our people. We didn’t take and put in our pockets or take them to buy houses in Dubai, we don’t need that.”

“Am happy with what I have seen, but there is still more to be done because, to us, we want people to enter Kaduna and see no untarred road anywhere.

“We want to see tarred roads in every community of Kaduna with solar street lights, same for Kafanchan, Zaria and our local government areas. That was our wish, but the difficult circumstance our government met, we couldn’t do everything we planned to do, until we had to borrow before we could do what we did.

“But those that are the day we took loans, they should look, look at their money on the ground. We didn’t collect this loan and run away to Dubai to buy houses or go to Jabi Road to build a mansion so that we can sleep well, that is not how we are.

“I became governor of Kaduna with only one house on Danja Road at Ungwan Sarki, now am finishing to the glory of God, that is the only house I have. I didn’t build any mansion, I don’t need it.

“I didn’t steal anybody’s money and I am challenging everyone that governed this state to also come out and swear with the Qur’an that, when they governed the state, they didn’t steal a kobo of Kaduna resource that is not their entitlement.

“I swear to God, me I will do that swearing. So, I am challenging all of them, everyone should come out and face the people of Kaduna State and tell them he didn’t steal their money. Because we know them, they are children of Santa, they are not children of Dangote; we know them from school.

“Where did they get money to build those mansions? What type of business were they doing? We know.

“Our plans and antecedents are not like that. Our own understanding is that leadership is a trust from God and to you will stand in front of God to give an account.

“I can swear I never stole a Kobo from the government coffers.”

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