El Rufai tells Buhari in explosive memo : You Are Losing the Mission And the Momentum, Governor El-Rufai Warned President Buhari In 30-Page, 2016 Memo

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state in September last year, sent a 30-page explosive memo to President Buhari.

In the Memo which was recently leaked to Sahara Reporters and shared online, El-Rufai bluntly told President Buhari that his government has failed in delivering the mundane things any government is expected to deliver to its electorates. He said aside winning the battle against Boko Haram and corruption, this administration has not delivered on any other electoral promise.

“In very blunt terms, Mr. President, our APC administration has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insurgency and corruption. Overall, the feeling even among our supporters today is that the APC government is not doing well”El Rufai stated.

According to the 56 year old governor, some aides of President Buhari, have refused to work with others for the progress of this administration. He noted that the Secretary to the state government, Babachir Lawal is inexperienced in public service and sometimes rude to those who want to work closely with President Buhari. El-Rufai went on to state that the Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abah Kyaru, is totally clueless of his position.

“The two officials whose titles may enable them function as such, generally alienate those that contributed to our success.  The Chief of Staff is totally clueless about the APC and its internal politics at best as he was neither part of its formation nor a participant in the primaries, campaign, and elections. In summary, neither of them has the personality, experience, and the reach to manage your politics nationally or even regionally”.

He advised President Buhari to communicate more often to Nigerians about his intent and purpose for the Nation.

“The President should speak to the nation, something akin to a State of the Union address on December 1 or January 1st, preferably in a joint session of the National Assembly during which he will explain away some of the perceptions and lay out the national plans, strategies, and roadmap”.

He stressed that his memo might be taken as an act of arrogance and ambition but he is ready to take the consequences just to see that this administration works effectively.

“I ran for state Governor because you directed me to do so. From 2010 when we joined your team, I have no other interest other than your place in history as our President. I believe in your integrity, commitment and sense of duty to make our nation better. I am distressed that our government is seen not to be succeeding mostly due to the failures, lack of focus and selfishness of some you have entrusted to carry on and implement your vision. I am troubled that our own missteps have made the PDP and its apparatchiks so audacious and confident.”

The governor stated that no northerner can ever become relevant on National level so long as President Buhari is there. He urged him to continue his tenure in 2019.

“Mr. President, it is also clear to many of us that have studied your political career, that so long as you remain in the political landscape, no Northerner will emerge successfully on the national scene. All those wasting time, money and other resources to run in 2019 either do not realize this divinely-ordained situation or are merely destined to keep others employed and rich from electoral project doomed to certain failure.”he said in his memo

 Annex II – April 2015 Memo
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2.
 
Shutdown of the crude oil export terminals due to disputes about levies (and bribes)3.
 
Position on the $2bn budget support loan from the World Bank and AfDB beingrushed by Minister of Finance4.
 
Merging of duplicating agencies to save costs as recommended in the OronsayeReport.5.
 
Rushed nomination of executive director and President of Africa Development Bank by the Minister of Finance and the Presidency.6.
 
Security sector review and development of rapid response counter-insurgencystrategy, particularly urgent depoliticization of the SSS and polluted branches of thearmed forces.7.
 
Treasury Status – Extent of Salary & Pension Arrears, Crises in state finances, etc. atleast 24 states are unable to pay salaries without bridging loans. There is a need tolook very closely and early into the operations of the Federation Account. Insolventstates can only add to our inherited significant security and political challenges8.
 
Immediate Budget Review – Supplementary Budget to refocus tone and directionincluding the proposed review of VAT and luxury taxes.9.
 
Agricultural Inputs Prioritization for the 2015 cropping season to avoid a famine in2015-2016. Maize prices have collapsed due to imports, while warehouses are filledwith imported “duty-free” rice much below our farmers’ production costs.10.
 
Quick Wins and Strategies – Electricity, Insurgency, Road Repairs, Abuja Renewal,etc.11.
 
A careful look at the exchange rate particularly the sustainability of the currentresurgence of the Naira and the stock market and avoiding being blamed for anyfuture exchange rate adjustment.12.
 
An early consideration of currency policy and operations, including recent re-denomination, redesign and rationalization of notes and coins in light of the allegedmassive seigniorage of the CBN in the last few months to finance elections and bailout the recently privatized Electricity Distribution companies.Fortunately, I believe that the Hand of God was tilting in our favour from the very first daythe APC was conceived. There are also tons of goodwill, and millions of talented people,especially young people, willing to support you and make a success of your presidency. Ihope that this memo adds to the menu of suggestions you have on your table. I wish you allthe best of luck sir, and will continue to work and pray for our collective success, to bringour nation back to the track of peace, progress and prosperity.I am sure you know that you can always count on me to contribute in any way that improvesour chances of success.
Nasir Ahmad El-RufaiAbuja. April 6, 2015
 Annex III – Reconstitution of FG Boards
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 ANNEX III
Reconstitution of Federal Government Boards – November 3, 2015
Background:1.
 
There are over 520 extra-ministerial departments, parastatals and agencies with over5,000 board-member vacancies that need to be appointed by the President.2.
 
Most will be direct appointments while a handful of executive bodies andcommissions shall be nominations subject to confirmation by the Senate.3.
 
The PGF has learnt that the President has appointed a committee chaired by the SGFwith membership drawn from within and outside the APC NWC to recommendsuitable persons to fill these vacancies.4.
 
The PGF is informed that respective State Chairmen of the APC have received lettersfrom the APC National Headquarters requesting the transmission of 50 names perstate for the vacancies in question.5.
 
The PGF in its last meeting in Bauchi on October 29 noted with concern that:i.
 
The state governors as grassroots APC leaders and those that bore most the burden of the party before, during and after the elections were neitherconsulted nor represented in the committee.ii.
 
The numbers of board members requested of the State APC branches whenadded would account less than half of the total board-member vacancies,making the PGF wonder what office or organs will appoint the over 3,000vacancies.iii.
 
In view of the varied complaints emanating from party leaders and faithful,governors and the general public about the appointments made so far by theadministration, it is imperative that the bases for the composition of Federal boards be broadened to ensure all key stakeholders are involved in a mannerthat is accountable and transparent.The Way Forward:6.
 
After detailed deliberations and consultation with party leaders at national and statelevels, and with all sense of responsibility, the PGF recommends that the approvalgiven by the President on the composition of the Committee be reconsidered,reviewed and amended along the following lines:a)
 
The Presidential Committee on Constitution of the Federal GovernmentsBoards be chaired by the Vice President with the National Chairman of theAPC as First Vice Chairman while the Chief of Staff to the President beSecond Vice Chairman b)
 
The two Deputy National Chairmen and the National Secretary of the APCshould represent the party as members.c)
 
Six governors to represent the PGF, with one representing each geopoliticalzones.
 Annex III – Reconstitution of FG Boards
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d)
 
Two senators and four house of representative members to represent the National Assembly.e)
 
Three ministers to represent the Federal Executive Council, two of whomshall be women.f)
 
The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, andg)
 
The Secretary to the Government to be a member and the Secretary of theCommitteeSuggested Modus Operandi:7.
 
The Committee’s main assignment will be to:a.
 
undertake an inventory of vacancies and when they fall due, b.
 
allocate firstly, the Chairmanship slots and thenc.
 
distribute part-time board membership vacancies between the six geopoliticalzones on the basis of:i.
 
30% equality of the states,ii.
 
40% proportional votes APC got in the presidential election, andiii.
 
30% population evidenced by PVCs collected.8.
 
These electoral and political considerations and the attendant formula will not beapplicable to vacant positions of CEOs and full-time positions like executivechairmen or vice chairmen, directors-general, managing directors and executivesecretaries of federal parastatals, commissions and other agencies which thePresident shall appoint based on merit and need to reflect the federal character of thenation.9.
 
The six Governors representing the geopolitical zones along with the regional, zonaland state leaders of the party will then report the outcome of the zonal and statedistributions to the states in their zone for further sub-allocation in each state basedon the criteria above.10.
 
The state leadership of the party will then nominate names and forward resumes of party faithful that are qualified to be board members to the Vice President for initialreview and onward transmission to the SGF for compilation before submission forthe approval of Mr. President.11.
 
The deadline for completion of the assignment of the Committee should not extend beyond December 31, 2015 so Mr. President can have most if not all of the roadsconstituted in January 2016.12.
 
Above views and suggestions are respectfully submitted for the consideration of Mr.President by the PGF.
Owelle Rochas OkorochaChairman, PGFNovember 3, 2015
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