The governor of Kaduna State Nasir el-Rufai has claimed his job is very tiring.
He said: “As a state governor the challenge for me is what to do to create jobs in Kaduna State. Eighty-two per cent of the eight million people in Kaduna State are below the age of 35. My challenge is not whether population grows next year or the year after. It is to get jobs for these young people, otherwise no one will sleep in peace.”
He added: “Frankly speaking, five months as governor, I am already tired. I honestly do not think that anyone who wants to do this job seriously can do it for more than four years and not burn out. When I look at some of my colleagues, some are putting on weight, they are looking nice, I ask them, ‘how do you do it?”
There is a lot wrong with this.
El-Rufai is allegedly part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s “kitchen cabinet”. Several high-placed sources have indicated that the governor is unofficially the “prime minister” of Nigeria. Others alleged that most of Buhari’s ministerial nominees had to go and see el-Rufai in Kaduna for approval before making the final cut.
Perhaps, the governor would not be as “tired” if he just concentrated on his day job.
El-Rufai was one of Buhari’s biggest supporters during the last presidential (s)election. But five years ago he said: “Obama is 48 and Cameron is 43 for God’s sake. So, why are we recycling leaders that ruled this country very well or very badly 25 years ago?” He continued: “I was 25 years old when Buhari and Babangida were Heads of State and I am now 50 and they still want to be Head of State. I don’t understand that. I don’t understand that at all and I call on the young people of Nigeria to take their future into their hands and ensure that in the next election, they vote for a new generation of leaders.”
Five years ago, Buhari, in the eyes of el-Rufai, was too old to be president. Now, the Kaduna State governor is 55 and he claims doing his job of allegedly trying to provide employment for young people in his state “seriously” is tiring.
Surely, this implies that a 72 year old Buhari wouldn’t be able to cope with being in charge of Nigeria, a whole lot bigger and more complex than Kaduna State.
Nigerians must be getting tired of people like el-Rufai.