By Yemi Adebowale
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai has taken a swipe at President Muhammadu Buhari over his slow pace of governance since his inauguration as President on May 29, 2015.
Contrasting his giant strides in Kaduna State within one month of assumption of office to the current dysfunctional state of the Federal Government, Governor El Rufai, observed that there is no excuse for the non performance of Buhari’s government. In a speech titled “How I have governed Kaduna in one month”, he said: “We are saddened by the condition in which we found Kaduna state. But we shall never use that as an excuse for non-performance. It is our duty to do our best always. That is why we are finding creative even if difficult ways to deliver on our promises.”
President Buhari had said that he is currently at a loss on how best to tell Nigerians that his promise of turning the economy around quickly upon assumption of office on May 29 may not be feasible after all.
30 days after assumption of office, President Buhari is yet to make key appointments into his government, a situation that has paralysed governance completely in the country. President Buhari continues to beg for patience while heaping blames on the immediate past government saying he inherited an almost empty treasury from his predecessor, who he said also left behind huge debts, salary arrears and a badly managed economy.
Governor El Rufai made the remarks at the first Town Hall meeting of the APC Kaduna State Government, at the Hassan Katsina House, Kawo, Kaduna, on Saturday, 27 June 2015 to commemorate his achievements during his first one-month in office.
Speaking further, he said, “There is so much to do, with fewer resources. But we have no option than to deliver quality performance for the people who have invested so much hope in us. We will need committed people in and out of government to contribute to achieving the goals we have set out.”