As you know my country Nigeria is going through a very exciting
period at the moment. It is a period in which a lot people are
having a lot of hopes and many especially the young people in and
out of the country are really believing they can attempt and achieve
things many before them thought was impossible.
After decades of fatalism and apathy induced by cynicism of those
that have misruled and mismanaged the country with impunity there is
new hope in the air and people are felling they can really reclaim
their country. It is indeed a magical moment we are living.
Those who know me will confirm how allergic I am to magic when it is
not for pure entertainment. I have always insisted on normalcy for
Nigeria not magic or miracle.
As people enjoy this magic moment, I think the best we can do for
all is to think ahead and to try to preempt what can go wrong.
What I think can go wrong mainly is that soon the poetry of
electioneering will fade away and our people will be left with the
prose of governance. That prose needs to be well written and better
History is littered with tales wherein people become disappointed
once governance starts and there is no real improvement in the lives
and ways of the hopeful people.
When such disappointment comes politicians naturally find excuses or
worse still become dictators.
To avoid such scenario I have decided, after much scrutiny, to
identify and support a candidate that has a sense of history and
good understanding of governance. That candidate is Mr. Nasir El-Rufai
and he is running to be governor of Kaduna State.
For those who do not know let me hasten to say that Kaduna is a very
good example of what can be good in Nigeria and also a good example
of what kind be bad.
This calm, cosmopolitan space has a long history of peaceful
coexistence of nationalities and religion plus a vibrant
Like most areas with such mix it has no petroleum for which Nigeria
is known for after or alongside corruption.
In Mr. Nasir El-Rufai we see a man that has a good understanding of
his space and will show the rest of the country how to govern
without the obsession of oil revenue.
Nasir El-Rufai understands the importance of the rule of law and the
benefits that planning and transparency can bring to government and
A good look at his proposed progarmme of government will show you
the man has a rather clear idea of what Kaduna needs.
Though fragile looking and rather reserved, the man Nasir El-Rufai
is more than stubborn and terrifyingly brave.
He is a pragmatic man with foresight that understands where
trouble and other hindrances might come from and has no fear in
I am endorsing and actively supporting his candidacy to be next
governor of Kaduna state not only because I know he will do a good
job but also because I know his administration will provide us with
a lot of case study on good governance. I am endorsing and asking
for people to support Nasir El-Rufai in Kaduna because I know his
administration will be a concrete proof to use to counter those
elected politicians that will not perform well in the next coming
four years. Alas there will be more than just a few it is just the
nature of politics and governance.
I am asking those who can to vote for Nasir El-Rufai for every if things
goes well I know in four years we shall be able to say, you see how
it is done with mere thorough planning.
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