The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has admitted that he wrote a memo to President Muhammadu Buhari in September 2006, as recently published by online medium Sahara Reporters.
But he denied leaking the memo to the media.
In the memo, which is dated September 22, 2016, El-Rufai had raised the alarm that the country was drifting under the leadership of President Buhari, adding that many Nigerians were not happy with the APC administration under him.
The Kaduna state governor said it was partly because the president had surrounded himself with “clueless” and inexperience persons, such as his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal.
In the Memo, Mr. El-Rufai told Mr. Buhari that the “APC administration has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting Boko Haram insurgency and corruption”.
While confirming this in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust newspaper, the Kaduna governor, however, denied leaking the 30-page memo to the press, saying those who did so had the 2019 election in mind.
In the interview published on Sunday, Mr. El-Rufai said, “I have written several memos to the president. This is the first one that has leaked. I can state categorically that I did not leak it. If I did I would say so.
“I wrote the memo, it’s my own, I could make it public if I chose to, but I did not. It was a private communication and I can’t understand the motives of those that leaked it. I don’t know who leaked it. But who knows? In these days of Wikileaks, even if it is in your computer it can be hacked and taken out. I don’t want to speculate on who leaked it or whatever, what I am surprised at is those that are attributing motives to the memo without even reading it”.