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El-Rufai’s book a collection of fiction, says Atiku  print

Published on February 7, 2013 by   ·   8 Comments

Former FCT Minister, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, has come under fire for writing alleged fiction for self-glorification at the expense of truth.

Reacting to el-Rufai’s book entitled, “The Accidental Public Servant,” the Media Office of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, dismissed it as a collection of fiction, half-truths, exaggeration and reflection of selective memory.

The Media Office was particularly piqued by the claim of el-Rufai that he had almost resigned as the former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) because of alleged persistent pressure and interference by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who was then the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation.

Atiku’s Media Office expressed disbelief that the former FCT Minister forgot soon what he said at the Senate Public Hearing on BPE August 8-13, 2011.

That Ad-hoc committee was headed by Senator Ahmed Lawan.

It recalled el-Rufai as saying that he had special relationship with former President Obasanjo, which gave him direct access and the discretion to bypass the Council on Privatisation headed by Atiku in order to get the approval of the President.

The Media Office wondered how el-Rufai could reconcile his threat of resignation with the accounts he told the Senate about the latitude of freedom he enjoyed at BPE because of his closeness to former President Obasanjo.

In that testimony, el-Rufai told the Senate that, and we quote: “Thank you very much Distinguished Senator. Mr. Chairman, as a matter of principle Mr. Chairman, I am reluctant to judge my successors. So, whenever I do a job, I move on; I don’t comment on what my successors have done. All I can say is this. Mr. Chairman, if you go through my tenure in BPE, you will see that we try to do everything by the rules, by the book. And we resisted every attempt at political interference. There is a process; step by step. Privatisation is a mechanical process. Once you have the process published, every step should not be missed. And there was never a time that we deviate from that process.

“We took everything we did to the Privatisation council. That’s how we ran the place. And I swear to God, I am under oath. Except for one time that the vice president called me and said; look I’ve got calls from A and B to help this guy win this, I said Mr. Vice president you know the rules, tell him to bid the highest price because the highest price wins and he said yes I know, I am just telling you in case they contact you. And I don’t want them to say I didn’t pass on their requests. That was the only time. But no one tried to interfere with my work. There were attempts to block it. President Obasanjo blocked the privatisation of Nigeria airways practically. Okay because Kema Chikwe will go and tell him stories. And what is the result today. The company is dead.”

On the claim by el-Rufai that former President Obasanjo went on bended knees before former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to seek his cooperation for second term bid in 2003, the media office dismissed the claim as a figment of el-Rufai’s wild imagination.

It said such claim lacked any credibility because Atiku and Obasanjo were alone together behind closed doors and that they alone knew what actually transpired between them.

The Media Office wondered whether el-Rufai was a fly on the wall to discuss the details of a private meeting between the two leaders.

Rather than el-Rufai feeding the public with such fabrications, the statement said the former Minister should have provided or quoted the authority for such claim since he was not at the private meeting between former President Obasanjo and Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The statement also added that for a man like el-Rufai who has a notorious reputation for disparaging religions and their icons, including lately Jesus Christ, the attack on Atiku was the least surprising.

It noted that if he could go to such irreverent extent to disparage religious icons, who is an ordinary mortal like Atiku Abubakar.

According to the statement, any man that can cross the boundary of reason and decency, deserves prayers rather than anger.

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8 Comments for “El-Rufai’s book a collection of fiction, says Atiku”

  1. KLM

    Cheap lie.He is looking for cheap popularity.El-Rufai is a failure.His ambition to contest for the position of president 2015 has failed.He can never win ward election talking of a nation like nija.

  2. MR JERRY

    What will El-Rufai not say in his desperation to get back to power? He has betrayed all his friends and bit all the fingers that fed him. He claims monopoly of wisdom and integrity. His views are the only right ones and all others are wrong. He was once OBJ strongest defender and today he is mocking and denigrating the personality of OBJ. He betrayed the man who pardoned him and made it easy for him to come home from his self exile. There was a time he descended on Buhari, describing him as too old to be a president of the country. Several years later, the same El-Rufai is routing for Buhari as the only Messiah that can save Nigeria. If by now the nation is not fed up with the antics of El Rufai, then we are really suffering from collective amnesia as Soyinka once said.

  3. MR JERRY

    There should be honour among thieves. El-Rufai should not forget this. He was OBJ’s number one Minister and one of the people OBJ strongly considered for crowning as his successor. A man who will betray friends and talk so bad of erstwhile political associates is a dangerous fellow lacking in integrity and loyalty. In which way is he different from the people in PDP he loves to criticize? We are tired of his antics and I-know-it-all mentality.

  4. galadima shetima

    hypocrite,this word is synonymous with el rufai and when you add religious fanatic to the equation,what you have is a deadly cocktail all embodied into one

  5. Ola - Olododo

    If he is lying as is been alleged here it is bad! our leaders should remember that there is life after serving and do things they will be bold to say in public.

    Present Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi too need to do the right thing now that he is in the office so that he will be bold to speak of his performance in the public when he leaves office. The state of the roads in Ogogboro, Iwofe and Elioparawon in Portharcourt is in shambles. The roads are impassable and the residents of these communities are locked in: It is a raw display of wickedness and neglect from a Governor elected by the people. God, please and please give us good leaders!

  6. Sunbare

    El-Rufai is such a good liar, Channels replayed his coment on August 2011. BRF went to launch a book just because they want to form opposition, very soon Dino too will join. BAT that stole all Lagos land from Epe, Lakowe, Ikoyi, Lekki/Ajah and tolled Lekki road, if given the chance we sell the whole of Nigeria and put us under tributaries for long. I will not be surprised if El-Rufai tweeters will not attack. People that have monopoly of wisdom. God bless Nigeria.

  7. Baba Oniwura

    A HYPOCRITE AND A RELIGIOUS BIGOT, WHO SHAMELESSLY CASTIGATES THOSE THAT BROUGHT HIM TO THE LIMELIGHT. A SINKING MAN DESPERATELY LOOKING FOR RELEVANCE. A MAN WHO USED HIS OFFICE TO CORNER CHOICE PLOTS OF LAND IN ABUJA AND THE ENVIRON. A FAILED MAN WHO WILL NEVER BE RELEVANT IN OUR NATIONAL LIFE. A BH
    SUPPORTER, A LOUD BUT EMPTY MAN. NIGERIA HAS SINCE MOVED BEYOND YOUR DECEPTION. ANYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH YOU POLITICALLY WILL FAIL. KEEP YOUR LIES TO YOURSELF. TELL US HOW MUCH YOU STOLE WHILE IN OFFICE, EL- RUHYPOCRITE, EL-RU-LIE!

  8. Enajr

    I’m neither in support of Atiku’s ideology on anything cos he’s as dishonest as the devil, and definitely not a fan of the “short one,” but El-Rufai is no soul to credit either. His skeletons hidden in the closet are like Atiku’s, who also seeks political relevance, and tries to shut down perceived opposition at the slightest opportunity. El-Rufai is a rogue, bipolar moron, and his book is just another version of him (lies).

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