If anything, Governor Nasir El-rufai’s memo to President Muhammadu Buhari last week signaled an evil omen to the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of change. Before now, it was believed that all was well with all the myth and mystery made about the character and strength of leadership credited to the Buhari revolution.
Governor Nasir El-rufai had been touted as a foremost believer in Buhari and one of, if not the strongest, men around the President. Rumours had flown about that if one wanted anything from this government, one would only need El-rufai’s consent and the request would be granted in a jiffy.
The diminutive governor was even said to determine who, among the leaders of the APC, saw the President or not. Nasir El-rufai was about the strongest force in the school of thought of what was coming to be known as “Buhariology”.
The memo was said to have been written since 2016. The particular date could not be ascertained but, he considers now the right time to submit it.Put differently, how it was leaked is a story for another day. The bottom line is that Nigerians seemed to have forgotten that El-rufai is a kind of social crusader.
To those who know him well, he is never comfortable with what we can term “kurukere” movement in leadership. This man of high intellectual rating is never comfortable with things going awkward or awry around him.
He cannot hold back immediately he notices a departure from what the general expectation is. He is a man of great addiction to conscience. It is for this reason that he is fond of the philosophy, “conscience is an open wound; only truth can heal it”. Nasir El-rufai believes in the truth and does not think telling it has a special time.
He is a man who gives credit where it is due and would not fret at dishing out critique when the occasion calls. When he tried to put certain issues straight with his former ally and friend, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, people misunderstood him from various angles and labeled him all sorts of descriptions.
But as can be seen in his current memo to President Buhari, he made a clear case for the same Atiku Abubakar and some other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC). His position is not quite different from the issues already raised by the wife of the President.
This is the El-rufai I know. What does the future holds for this leader and statesman of rare character? Has he lost in the power game? Your guess is as good as mine.