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Debt controversy: El-Rufai’s son, Bello disagrees with brother over disrespectful attack on governor Sani

Mohammed Bello El-Rufai, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency in the 10th National Assembly and son to the former governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has disagreed with his brother, Bashir El-Rufai over the ‘embarrassing attack’ on Governor Uba Sani. 

Bashir in a post on Saturday accused Sani of shying away from his responsibility by always staying away from the state and hibernating in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

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He made this accusation hours after the state governor accused the immediate past governor, Nasir El-Rufai of leaving a huge debt of $587m, N85bn debts, and 115 contract liabilities for the state, making it difficult for him to pay salaries.

While Sani said he was ready to respond to Bashir’s trivialities, his elder brother, Bello, has distanced himself from his outburst and reiterated his loyalty to the governor.

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It’s a known thing in politics that some people won’t rest unless there are fights between one another. I am in the middle and I could even be meeting with the governor tonight in thirty minutes.

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“Two weeks ago, I had to call my brother and tell him to drop a tweet. I did that today, but he refused. He is over 30 years old. People should stop confusing our handles.

“I am loyal to Governor Uba Sanni and I will not criticize him publicly. No one will make me do that. He mentored me, gave me my first government job, and believed in my election. This too shall pass. The rural development being done in Kaduna State is impressive.

Nigeria, as a whole, not just Kaduna, is facing financial constraints. As leaders, we are all elected to do what we can with what we have and improve it. I honestly do not see what the fuss is about.

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“The governor is the leader of the state, and for the sake of transparency, even though Mallam as the outgoing governor put it in his outgoing speech how much money he is leaving in the state, it is within the governor’s—let me take that back—it is the duty, of course, for the sake of transparency, to let the citizens of the state know the financial condition.

“And now, let me clarify, social media attacks will never shake my boss, Governor Uba Sani. So, a few attacks from people for obvious reasons coming at him is not the reason he did what he did.”


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