Governor Nasir El Rufai & The Hypocrisy Called #BringBackOurGirls By Mohammed Seidu

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July 28, 2015 – Governor Nasir El Rufai And The Hypocrisy Called #BringBackOurGirls By Mohammed Seidu

Anytime the question of who is behind the abduction of Chibok girls is asked, I remember the poem, Mr. Nobody which we recited back then in primary school. Spare my memory; it’s been a while since I left primary school. With the risk of infringing on copyright, I narrate the poem, as I can still vividly remember the first verse:

I know a funny little man,
As quiet as a mouse,
Who does the mischief that is done
In everybody’s house!
There’s no one ever sees his face,
And yet we all agree
That every plate we break was cracked
By Mr. Nobody

I have done my very best to find out who the author of this poem is to no avail. These lines may be the important clue to deciphering the “abductor” of the Chibok Girls, and the author of the group campaigning for the rescue of the kidnapped girls.

I have written in my earlier articles about Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and his ambition to lead Nigeria at all cost, come 2019. In one case, I warned Nigerians to watch out for the danger the man portends, should he become the President of Nigeria. He will climb any mountain; travel any distance or even dig deep into the lowest valley for him to achieve his ambition. This much I know about El-Rufai.

No one should be under any illusion anymore about the fiction known as Chibok Girls and their kidnap. The politicians from Northern extraction fed us with this “gospel” since last year and we took it hook, line and sinker. Little did we know that the mastermind of the whole script was the man known publicly as El-Rufai. He was the “abductor” of the girls on the one hand and the campaigner for their release on the other hand. He is the one the poet in the poem was referring to when he said, “Who does the mischief that is done / In everybody’s house! / There’s no one ever sees his face,”

Invariably, he is the accuser and the judge at the same time. This only convinces me just how much we underestimate people like El-Rufai.

Even if some people take the aforementioned statements of mine with a wave of the hand, some of the things I will reveal later in this article must be enough to convince even the most ridiculous of all doubting Thomases about the notoriety of this our able Mr. Nobody. Recall, Mr. Nobody is the mischief-maker just to achieve his own selfish ambition.

Mallam El-Rufai’s political appointments since he became Governor of Kaduna state have had their best share of controversies. My previous articles have properly documented the intrigues in his appointment of characters like Jimi Lawal, a well-known scammer and fraudster, as Special Assistant on Investment. For time and space, I will not retell those here. His more recent controversial appointment which confirms El-Rufai’s role in the whole Chibok Girls’ saga is his appointment as Chief of Staff Madam Hadiza Bala-Usman, the co-founder of the notorious #BringBackOurGirls group that made things difficult for former President Jonathan. A curious observer is made further confused by the fact that apart from the fact that Ms Hadiza is a known All Progressive Congress (APC) supporter, like Mr Jimi Lawal, she is not from Kaduna. Although, a little bit of clarity may present itself when one finds out that Ms Hadiza did not just start doing hatchet jobs for El-Rufai. As a matter of fact, she stood as El-Rufai’s chief agent during the APC primaries in Kaduna. Any curious observer will immediately see the connection… Ms Hadiza is now being handsomely rewarded for her labour of love and for properly acting out her part of the whole Chibok Girls fiction.

At this point let us introduce another character into our story; Ms Oby Ezekwezili. Having lost her hold on power since her stint with the Obasanjo administration and with no other route into the World Bank’s complex bureaucratic structure, she gladly accepted to play a major role for El-Rufai by joining and ultimately leading the #BringBackOurGirls group. Mind you, being an indigene of Imo state played in her favour. El-Rufai, being a smart man, only made Ms Hadiza the founder and Ms Ezekwezili the convener, so that the group is not seen as a Northern ploy against President Jonathan, a southerner. The role of the former Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals is therefore very clear in that regard. Whoever says el-Rufai is not smart needs to invent another meaning for that word.

Let’s now close the circle: “Madam Due process” as Ms Ezekwezili is sometimes called, understood every word in her job description and knew that no mistakes would be permissible under her new appointment. We are all witnesses to how she did her job well and the attendant drama that followed each speech she gave. She is every day on social media campaigning for the release of the fictitious girls. The matter climaxed in the week to the presidential election when Madam Due process’ voice was loudest. In a typical and predictable way, she suddenly became dumb after General Buhari of the APC was sworn in. No one has heard about Chibok Girls or the notorious group led by Madam ‘Due Process’ ever since, all thanks to Mr. Nobody!

At this point, let us look at some unusual coincidences. Just recently, President Buhari had a scheduled meeting with the notorious #BringBackOurGirls group. Should anyone be surprised it was just after that day that the Boko Haram became bolder. They demanded that the Buhari government negotiate with them. One of the conditions which the government appeared to have accepted now is the release of Boko Haram prisoners for the kidnapped girls. What was El-Rufai and Oby’s response to this?

Rather than focusing on his immediate task of governance, he has been more preoccupied witch-hunting a former minister under the GEJ Administration. Perhaps, someone should help us tell him to stop all this attention-seeking tactics and focus on the more serious business of governance. Is he so bent on outshining his bosses, President Buhari inclusive? Why trying to make the President look inadequate? That still reminds me, why is it every time El-Rufai does something no matter how negligible, he beckons to the press to show off? Are we as a people now celebrating mediocrity in the name of performance?

If truth must be told, it is imperative we probe deeply the true intentions of El-Rufai and his relationship with Oby and the #BringBackOurGirls group.

[About the author: Mohammed Seidu writes from Abuja where he now resides and works.]

6 thoughts on “Governor Nasir El Rufai & The Hypocrisy Called #BringBackOurGirls By Mohammed Seidu

  1. Where do people like these get off? You come here and you start talking s….t Do you think everyone here cant think logically? Who said it was a crime to want to be the president of Nigeria if he thinks he can do it? And for God’s sake you will only work with people you know not strangers. Have you just moved in to Nigeria? Bringbackourgirls made things difficult for Jonathan or he made things difficult for himself? What about other difficulties’ in the government who brought that? What hold did Ms oby have before? ………… It is a shame that we have people like this whether hired or paid to send out write ups like this and confuse people there by leaving out the truth and mortgaging the future of this Great country.

  2. @MOHAMMED SEIDU thanks and be blessed 4 the revelation, we in Abuja no longer hear or see them loitering the street of Abuja with their bring back our girls nonsense ever since Buhari was sworn inn, they are deceiving the unaware Nigerians not me.

  3. One thing dat has baffld my thot all dis while is how Boko Haram was able 2 move mor dan 250 students frm their school wdout being intercepted. On dis hand I feel d whole abduction story is a charade. But how about those videos purportedly realeasd by Shekau where those girls were said 2 hav embraced Islam? Are they well knitted lies ass well? Dis whole thing is confusing.

  4. Like i always say…only in nigeria…el rufia is a criminal…am nt acting or commenting base on what the writer wrote..but am judging base on what i observe from el rufai past performance as public office holder…el rufai was once fct minister..and he allocated 40% of fct land to his family…to the level that he allocate a land to unborn bby of his mistress….his now dead son .who died of accident.had more than 100hac of land across abj and he bragged with his properties often on social network…. El rufai on the hight of his criminal injection of property owners and allocating those properties to his family..was invited for their so called probe by H.rep commity ..i think the commity was headed by elumelu…and i viewed the proceeding of the probe live on channel tv…i could remember tens of hundreds of pple whose property was confiscated by el rufai was present at the probe..including ngo who runs motherless babes home and a lame lady…..but unfortunately the land indeed belong to government..but when one of the minister told el rufai that the report at the table said he confiscated the land and allocate them to his family…el rufai said.. The property was sold to general public through due process..and the minister was like..and this general public ar u family…in el rufai response…MY FAMILIES AR NT LESSER NIGERIANS….in nut shell..he (el rufai) indeed confiscate pple’s properties and later allocate them to his family…. And this same man is now governor of a state in nigeria…God is watching… His son with all the properties… no more now..he died in one of those cars…and jst last yr..he lost another member of his family..through accident again… Oluwa is nt asleep

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