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I Will Inherit N100b Debt From Outgoing Kaduna Govt –El-Rufai

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 9:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

THE Kaduna State Governor-elect, Nasir el-Rufai, has said that the debt profile of the state will run into N100 billion before the May 29, 2015 hand over date.

El-Rufai, who spoke at a reception organised for him by the Kaduna Peoples Association at the Arewa House, Kaduna, on Saturday May 16, 2015, said that as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration was coming to an end, both at the federal and state levels, what both the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and himself needed was prayers from Nigerians to succeed.

He however stressed that said his administration would not condone the sharing of public funds to anybody in the name of godfather or group, no matter how highly placed.

However, the awaiting governor said the state resources would be judiciously utilised for the development of the state and the people.


He stressed that it would be a wishful thinking for anybody to believe that he would share public fund to individuals or groups in the state after May 29.

The former Minister of the FCT lamented that the PDP administrations at federal and state levels had become so bad that they had to obtain loans to pay salaries.

According to el-Rufai, Nigerians should stop congratulating him and the President-elect, but should rather pity them and pray for them to succeed because of the “bankrupt economy” they would inherit.

The governor-elect, who told the gathering that the state, led by Yero, had incurred N90billion debt, noted that before the May 29 hand over date, the debt might increase to N100billion.

Meanwhile, at a prayer session for them by the APC Yoruba Political Forum in Kaduna State on Saturday, el-Rufai insisted that the incoming government needed nothing but prayers from Nigerians.

The governor-elect said, “When people call to congratulate me or come to congratulate me and General Buhari, I always tell them, thank you, but what we need is your sympathy and prayers.

“This is because, myself and Buhari are taking over bankrupt governments; it is so bad that the Jonathan administration is finding it difficult to pay salaries. In fact, they had to obtain loan to pay salaries.

“In the case of Kaduna State, the Peoples Democratic Party’s government has incurred debt to the tune of over N90bn and this may get to N100bn before May 29. Therefore, what you have done is exactly what we need to succeed.”

El-Rufai urged other elected officers to strive hard to deliver the dividend of democracy to the electorates.

He warned that if they (elected officers) failed in the discharge of their duties to the people, they would be voted out like the PDP come 2019.