Governor el-Rufai rules out Chief of Staff position in Tinubu’s cabinet, plans to focus on private sector

Governor el-Rufai rules out Chief of Staff position in Tinubu's cabinet, plans to focus on private sector

Nasir el-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State, has revealed that he would prefer to contribute to Nigeria’s development through useful counsel and play a bigger role in the private sector rather than being appointed as Chief of Staff to Nigeria’s President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

He made this statement during the commissioning of the Gombe Geographic Information Systems service centre and the groundbreaking ceremony of 550 Shongo Homes and Gardens under the Family Homes Fund in Gombe State.

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He also stated that he would be leaving his position as governor in 22 days but would be available as a “troublemaker” for advice whenever required.

The Governor stated that he was committed to seeing Nigeria progress and would contribute to its development in any way possible. He commended the Gombe electorates for their overwhelming support and votes for Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, who had been re-elected into office.

El-Rufai acknowledged that the Tinubu team was initially concerned when the President-elect polled second-highest votes in Gombe but was pleased that the people of Gombe had shown that they knew how to separate the wheat from the chaff.

He thanked the people of Gombe for re-electing Governor Yahaya and assured them that the next four years would be better than the previous term. He praised the traditional institution for their collaboration with security agencies, which had impacted Gombe’s record as one of the safest states in the country.

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El-Rufai also appreciated Governor Yahaya for standardizing the Gombe Geographic Information Systems and said it was important to know how much land was available to allow for development and increased revenue.

He stated that the last four years had been challenging for anyone in governance due to economic challenges, COVID-19, and the Ukraine war that disrupted the global economy. However, he said that Governor Yahaya had been able to build infrastructural and social capital development in the state despite these challenges.