El-Rufai To Okupe: Governance Cannot Be Outsourced

Nasir El Rufai
By SaharaReporters, New York

Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, has responded to a sharp rebuke by Doyin Okupe, President Goodluck Jonathan’s Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs. In a recent statement, Mr. Okupe, who is a medical doctor, berated the former for constantly describing the Jonathan administration as a failure.

In a statement released today, Mr. el-Rufai’s media advisor, Muyiwa Adekeye, stated, “After the needless drama at the Lagos airport when the SSS tried to truncate his trip abroad, Malam Nasir el-Rufai was greeted at his destination with evidence of further misguided action by the Jonathan government. That was the spectacle of the recycled Dr. Doyin Okupe providing a specious political thesis that confirms the crisis of thoughtlessness in government. Dr. Okupe asked that critics of the government should tell it what to do, wrapping his defense of incompetence around a false patriotism.”

Mr. Adekeye’s statement continued: “It bears repeating that the duty of patriots is to stand up for their country, not necessarily for its government, especially one as uninspiring as the incumbent. Had more patriots stood up in Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa, millions of lives would have been saved. Service to one's country includes being able to acknowledge when the responsibilities of office seem beyond the ken of its government.

“The federal government is failing to tackle terror, kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of insecurity.

It is right that it be held to account for these failures. The best response the government can give its critics is performance, not cheaply questioning their patriotism. The Jonathan government cannot outsource to others the duty to provide good governance and the quality of leadership that can inspire the country.”

The former minister, who is now a top member of the Congress for Progress Change (CPC), also stated that he and the likes of Pastor Tunde Bakare worked hard to ensure that Mr. Jonathan became acting President during the prolonged hospitalization of then President Umaru Yar’Adua, now deceased. The statement noted that Mr. el-Rufai’s support for Jonathan’s ascension as acting president was borne out of sheer patriotism. “It was the patriotism of many citizens in the Save Nigeria Group, including Pastor Tunde Bakare and Malam Nasir el Rufai, that helped make Goodluck Jonathan acting president against the machinations of the Yar'Adua cabal,” the statement argued. “It was the patriotism of citizens, expressed in the discourse and agitations against fuel subsidy removal that exposed the trillion naira subsidy scam.

Better still, it was the patriotism of these citizens that pressurized (sic) the government to reluctantly indict their friends and financiers that were found wanting by the National Assembly probe into the worst corruption saga in our checkered history.”

Mr. el-Rufai’s spokesman suggested that the Jonathan administration was bereft of ideas. “When the government is not begging the opposition for ideas, it is busy trying to cocoon clerics. Nothing stops priests from caring about the conditions of living of those to whom they provide moral and spiritual leadership. And their status as priests neither abrogates their citizenship nor constrains their right to free speech. Tunde Bakare is not the first priest to perceive his responsibilities as embracing a concern for his country's fate. He is following the illustrious examples of the Reverend Martin Luther King in the pursuit of civil rights in the United States, and Bishop Desmond Tutu in fighting racism in South Africa. The courage of these clerics helped make their countries freer and more equal, and the world, a better place.”   
 
The former minister blasted Mr. Okupe, a recently appointed presidential aide, for excessive enthusiasm. The statement accused the presidential aide of seeking “to impress in his new job.” It then cautioned him to serve the president “with fidelity to history, and cease calling patriots that stand on principles his brothers just so he can smear them.” The statement added: “If the Jonathan administration wants El-Rufai to provide them a manual on governing Nigeria, they should do so nicely without violating his civil rights, harassing him incessantly or suggesting that the man wants to run for an office now being desecrated by an occupant who blames everyone but himself for his zero performance.”
 

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el-Rufa'i the man

Every well meaning and patriotic Nigerian knows that this country needs smart, intelligent, honest, just & sincere, hard guys like el-Rufa'i but, because the bad eggs are trying by all means to outweigh the good ones, they will always find excuses to rubbish you and your likes.
Don't mind jare, keep it up pls. Allah is behind you.

Good! Thank you all for your

Good!
Thank you all for your contributions, but 1 thing to witness is that to always say the correct thing (truth) because we all wish our country to become settle, so, always support who so ever tells the truth about our great nation. Thank you once again.

Did Our Teachers Lied To Us?

Gov. Murtala Nyako was the governor of Niger State in 1976 and 36 years after he is today the Governor of Adamawa State; Ogbonnaya Onu was governor of Abia State in 1992 and 20 years after he is today the National Chairman of ANPP; Gov. David Jonah Jang was the governor of Benue State in 1985 and 27 years after he is today the governor of plateau state; and Martins Elechi the Ebonyi State Governor is over 80 years old! Only in Nigeria is this possible, where the youth of today have no hope into the future! Where do we go from here?
People Deceive People (PDP), 1985, IBB was the president of Nigeria and our teachers told us that Buhari was the former Head of state..Our teacher also called us the leaders of tomorrow..27 years later, IBB and Buhari are still contesting for President..Its either our teacher lied to us about being the leaders of tomorrow..Or tomorrow is yet to come.. Who's fooling who?

Did Our Teachers Lied To Us?

1979, Bamanga Tukur was the Governor of the defunct Gongola State (now Adamawa & Taraba) and 33 years after he is today the Chairman of the ruling Party, The PDP; Dr. Bello Halliru was commissioner in the Old Sokoto State (now Sokoto, Kebbi & Zamfara) and 33 years after he is today Minister of Defence; Major General David Mark (rtd) was the military governor of Niger State in 1984 and 28 years after he is today the Senate President;

DERI: A COWARD HIDING UNDER DIFFERENT ALIASES!!!

Deri, you're so funny that in your haste to be popular on sahara you forgot to omit JI which is one of your aliases-ha!ha!ha!ha! Big fool! Or do i call you Phil Smart on facebook-ha!ha!ha! Why hide behind the mask-if indeed you're man enough-oloriburuku!! Instead of you to plead with Nigerians to give your clueless and shoeless brother Jona a chance, you come here beause you think you're justifying the crumbs you are getting!
By the way, if i may ask you (if you can swear on your mother's honour)what is your origin? What even makes you think you a militant can compare yourself to El-rufai in terms of anything-intellectualism and otherwise? Since you claim to know so much about El-rufai and bokoharam, why not share such with your idol Jona? Are u not ashamed that Dr Okupe said Elrufai is someone he respects so much? It is sycophants like you the President should beware of. My parting shot to you is Ki ni a n je, Ti ki i tan Afi ola oluwa!! Find out the meaning!!!!

DERI: A COWARD HIDING UNDER SO MANY ALIASES

Deri, you're so funny that in your haste to be popular on sahara you forgot to omit JI which is one of your aliases-ha!ha!ha!ha! Big fool! Or do i call you Phil Smart on facebook-ha!ha!ha! Why hide behind the mask-if indeed you're man enough-oloriburuku!! Instead of you to plead with Nigerians to give your clueless and shoeless brother Jona a chance, you come here beause you think you're justifying the crumbs you are getting!
By the way, if i may ask you (if you can swear on your mother's honour)what is your origin? What even makes you think you a militant can compare yourself to El-rufai in terms of anything-intellectualism and otherwise? Since you claim to know so much about El-rufai and bokoharam, why not share such with your idol Jona? Are u not ashamed that Dr Okupe said Elrufai is someone he respects so much? It is sycophants like you the President should beware of. My parting shot to you is Ki ni a n je, Ti ki i tan Afi ola oluwa!! Find out the meaning!!!!

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elrufai is from Mali-and fulni-check his DNA with buhari

@wahala u must have left 9ja b4 1960. I stayed at gwarinpa for years. We had to depend on hawkers of water-and broken pipes to get water-to cook and bath-most of the time we had to drive to the premises of the ministry of foreign affairs or the fire service station to fetch water. El Rufai did not add a pin to the transformation of abuja-the roads are worst than the ones lord lugard rode on when he arrived 9ja in 1914-look at what he did to Dr. Agary while she was representing the FGN at a meeting in New york. He got soldiers to throw her properties out on the streets of abuja. Dr. Agary was d permament secretary ministry of labour when elrufai evicted from her home-and gave d house to his cousin. Took over the guest house of atiku who introduced him to OBJ. Is that the man some sane 9jas should kill demselves for? Both elrufai and buari are from Mali-go check their DNA if u doubt me.

I dont think too much

I dont think too much criticism will do us much good.Do share your idea on how things will be better.
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You're on point Solo Ajeh

You're on point Solo Ajeh

You're on point Solo Ajeh

You're on point Solo Ajeh

Hmmm!

@wahala, modern Abuja is not the legacy of El-Rufai. In fact he was proven corrupt while in office managing an organised city, one he tried to reorganise for his selfish interest and if this is what you mean by modern Abuja, please rethink your position about which nigeria you want

GEJ's intellect is no higher than that of a drunkard fisherman

Are we all surprised at the abysmal performance of our clueless, timid, bushman educated so called "president" with an equally illiterate wife? Jonathan has nothing to offer this country. The sooner the FOOL is kicked out the better for all.

-Ernesto Che Guevara

Blindness of the mind

As cruel as one may be, it will be shameful for him to agree that this government(GEJ) has done or is doing anything that could be taken as trying. He is a total flop and his likes are better housed in a zoo and be feeded with bananas. Honestly, to think that you sympathise with his manner of administration not only made me question your sanity but to wonder if you have a head at all.

@Deri Please throw more

@Deri

Please throw more lights on Nasir El-Rufai's origin (Mali) as you wrote in your comment. Looking at his facial features here, I am beginning to identify with your story.

Re; Your charity (advise) should begin at home

Well said sir. No response can be this accurate in my opinion.

polariod

People like you irritate me how has gej performed what has he done for God sake why is it that people like you have no shame anyway i dont blame you benefit from the government and think the whole world should go to hell

Yom Yom

Yom Yom, If you can open your mouth and abuse the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who am I?

It is not only those that are refered to the mad peoples home that are insane.

@Polaroid, you are the true

@Polaroid, you are the true son of the soil, You've said it all.

Lets know who you are!

Anonymous is not a name! You are not even qualified to make any statement here. Also you are a fake Igbo man. When a true Igbo man speaks he speaks with dignity and honour. In the next 100 years your type will not even smell Aso villa not to talk of eqauling the records of GEJ.

Please write this down and bear it in your heart that the position of Leadership is not for the types like you.

It is for the selected and chosen.

It is not by power or by might.

Alhaji Atiku, Gen. Buhari/Pastor Bakare thought it was by might but they were put to shame!

Unless the Lord ordains, the King makers makes in VAIN.

Sit down there why God continue to use GEJ to turn things around.

You and your types like Pastor Bakare and Honorable EL-Rufai are crying loud because GEJ is performing.

Do you think it is a childs play to become the President of Nigeria?

Its funny SR is really giving

Its funny SR is really giving GEJ and his stupid internet trolls sleepness nights. Anytime i log on to read news of happeining in Nigeria and read people's view i always see some regular names like Deri (AKA so many other aliases), Ifeanyi and the likes defending a dead brain. GEJ is stupid end off. Simple minded people voted for him and the thieves rigged him in. El Rufai on the other hand is confused i dont like him but thats my personal opinion. Jonathan has shown that he cannot lead even a Boys Scout Team. He is Thick. Okupe is a jobless man that will do anything to have a political office. Nigerians wake up, all this Politicians doesnt care about you. El Rufai is fighting for his relevance, GEJ is the worst thing to happen to Nigeria. Deri and co should go and hang themselves.

Re: Okupe Pls fire back - this demon is getting crazier

"And all this stupid talk about SNG protest when Yar Adua was sick is ABSOLUTE NONSENCE. The rise of Jonathan to become president was an act of God. No human being could have stopped it from being fulfiled". (Ifeanyi-Demoncracy4ever)

I'm waiting to see how very low this self-acclaimed and pseudo-democrat will descend in sycophancy and falsehood while trying to defend GEJ's incompetence. So those who marched on the streets of Abuja were'nt human beings but angels sent from heaven to protest against the cabal that was bent on denying GEJ the right to take over as the acting president?

Ifeanyi-sycophant4ever will soon declare that GEJ became president in 2011 only with votes from SS & SE of the country since it was an act of God. Your lies will work against GEJ in 2015. Let this fool remember also that Jehovah God is jealous about His name being used to bear tales of falsehood. Liar's destination remain hell fire even if the lies are craftily used to glorify God.

GOD GIVE ME THE GRACE TO READ

GOD GIVE ME THE GRACE TO READ EL-RUFAI'S PIECES TO THE END (I NEVER DO BEFORE GETTING INFLAMED).

HE IS A CHEAT WHO THINKS HE CAN CHANGE HISTORY. WHAT BETTER PERSON IS HE THAN OKUPE? WE KNOW THEY ALL BELONG TO THE CHOP-I-CHOP CONFRATERNITY OF THE NIGERIAN FAILED LEADERSHIPS.

IF EL-RUFAI IS WHAT IS CALLED OPPOSITION, THEN I WOULD RATHER BE SUBSERVIENT TO THE WORST GOVERNMENT IN THE WORLD!

HE IS THE MOUTH PIECE OF THE MAKE THE NATION UNGOVERNABLE AND YOU ARE LIKELY TO BE OUR CONCESUS CANDIDATE IN 2015. HE CANNOT EVEN WIN A LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN TODAY'S NIGERIA. GO ASK YOUR MASTERS ATIKU(ESTRANGED) AND OBJ HOW NOT TO BE ACCEPTED BY THE PEOPLE!

el-Rufai is a Genie compared to Dr. Dr. Dumbo & Okupe !

"An office now being desecrated by an occupant who blames everyone but himself for his zero performance." - el-Rufai

"It was the patriotism of Tunde Bakare...that helped make (Dumbo) acting President against the machinations of the (Turai) cabal." - el-Rufai

"Martin Luther King, Rev. Tutu & The Delai Lama all preached from the pulpit." - @ Wahala

Patriotism is following the "Illustrious example of the Rev. Martin Luther King and Desmund Tutu of South Africa." - Min. el-Rufai

Crude attempts at intimidating the opposition only justifies our claims here that Dr. Dumbo is certainly following in the footsteps of the Otta monster by using thugs to harass truth-sayers. It's called, "Opposition" fool. "Freedom of Speech" and it damn sure includes the Mallam. That his tenure is over does not mean his mouth should be shut, he has his crowd too and a right to address them on 'National Security' issues. "Nigerians are dying like flies" (cr. @ Wahala) is not new to this site.

who is elrufai to doyin-elrufai depnds on sultan to talk-we dont

(Maybe they have forgotten what Alhaji Adamu Ciroma, Kaita and others said when President Jonathan won the 2011 Presidential elections. For those that have forgotten, it was Ciroma and his gang that said that they will make Nigeria ungovernable if Jonathan becomes the president. Ciroma did not stop there. The moment it became obvious that Jonathan is unstoppable he began to arm the youths of the North and the rest now history.Today, Ciroma’s war has gone full circle. His network of killers has grown beyond his imagination and as I write this he has lost control of his boys. Nobody can now stop the catastrophe and brigandage in the North. The barbarians have in less than one year brought a devastating and colossal damage to the economic and political entity built by the late Alhaji Ahmadu Bello of the blessed memory.)JI

Let your charity (advice) begin at home!

El-Rufai pretends to possess solutions to Nigeria's problems, but has never found any solution to the Northern problem and Region that is ravaged by extreme poverty, crass illiteracy, a feudal class system or a slave and master class system, extreme ignorance and brainwashing and incompetent leadership. Despite the fact that Northerners have been ruling the country for moons, and despite the richest man in Africa coming from there, the North possess the most extreme form of poverty and high mortality rate, sickness and diseases in the country. Why? Despite all the 'BRILLIANCE' of ElRufai?

El-Rufai preaches his sermon on the mount, and attacks President Jonathan, while all the Governors of his region are underperforming and have not benefitted from his ideas that he wants the President to BEG for. He should experiment his ideas in the North and get them to govern like FASHOLA, OSHIOMOLE , etc. May be this will end poverty and stop BH!

Where were when president

Where were when president jonathan said with his mouth that boko haram is part of his govt. What baffles me is the senseless many nigerians have. Don't nigerians reason at all, GEJ knows those who are part of Boko haram, the former NSA linked bokoharam to some PDP element. And yo are here pointing fingers.... We are our biggest problems. And the moment we begin to reason properly like other civilised people the better for us.

Misplaced criticism! (4)

El-Rufai and Bakare should take a cue from Chief Edwin Clark, who went to the creeks to end Militancy in the Niger Delta. They should emulate Obasanjo, who went to the heart of Boko Haram to try to broker peace. Or borrow a leaf from Mr Kofi Annan, who was in Libya, and now in Syria to broker peace and end the bloodshed. It isn't called 'OUTSOURCING' but borne out of feelings for humanity. It is a patriotic and Nationalistic call. Kofi Annan did not wait for the UN Sec-Gen. Likewise, don't wait for the President to BEG you, before your nationalistic fervour kicks in to play your part towards ending bloodshed.

In the UK, where ElRufai sojourned during his chase, community leaders and groups join with the Government's and Police efforts to end terrorism, hate and gun crimes. Why can't this happen in Nigeria, instead of finding blame? David Cameron does not attend such meetings, but his Home Secretary. Security is a joint affair and effort involving everybody.

@ Deri : El-Rufai's Legacy is 'mordern' Abuja , Dumbo's nko?

@ Deri: Stupid drunk, will you dare place el-Rufai's record sheet next to Dumbo's career record as a civil servant? The Aboki is a trained landscape engineer/surveyor, while your Dumbo is a trained fisherman/drunkard who has spent 15yrs loitering around Govt. Houses & nothing to show for it. El-Rufai is 'refined' compared to the aborigines of Utuoke. Hiring that obese ewedu clown (whose only achievement as a vuvuzela was for 'insulting' Chinua Achebe) does not mean Okupe will convince Naijas Dumbo isn't a drunk. The Utuoke fool is stupid and doesn't know his pocket is being picked. Okupe is an 'Area Boy' shuffling for change. Insulting everyone in sight only proves he was brought up in the gutter, soon he will have himself to blame...like the ugly Reuben Abati. You were fired from a similar job, ugly abati will soon join you here on SR. Dr. Obesity will turncoat after linning his agbada with stollo monie. 'Dump Dumbo' is the rallying cry in 2013.

@ el-Rufai : Respect!

Misplaced criticism! (3)

It is indeed sad that El-Rufai pretends to possess solutions to Nigeria's problems, but has never found any solution to the Northern problem that is ravaged by extreme poverty, crass illiteracy, a feudal class system, a slave and master class system, extreme ignorance and brainwashing and incompetent leadership. Despite the fact that Northerners have been ruling the country for moons, and despite the richest man in Africa coming from there, the North possess the most extreme form of poverty and high mortality rate, sickness and diseases in the country. Why? With all the 'BRILLIANCE' of ElRufai?

El-Rufai preaches his sermon on the mount, and attacks Jonathan, while all the Governors of his region are underperforming and have not benefitted from his ideas that he wants the President to BEG for. He should experiment his ideas in the North and get them to govern like FASHOLA, OSHIOMOLE , etc. May be this will end poverty and stop BH!