Nigeria, El-Rufai: and the problem of cutting off our noses to spite our faces

The Nigerian Village Square

This was published in Pambazuka and Nigerian Village Square

As Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja from 2003 to 2007, he was praised, amongst other things, as being “an incorruptible public servant who can get difficult jobs done…” As a matter of fact, Abuja is said to owe its present well-structured layout to the careful planning and implementation capabilities of Mallam Nasir-El Rufai. It was based on his “proven” management style that President Umaru Yar’adua’s administration appointed him to head the National Energy Council, in September 2007. Like all politically motivated accolades in Nigeria, however, those praises soon turned into reproach when he resigned his post less than a year later in June 2008. A few months down the road he was summon to appear before the Nigerian Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory to “explain some exposed and corrupt actions of his administration.”
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