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01.02.2023 Featured Aisha Buhari Endorses el-Rufai’s Claim That Elements in the Villa Are Working Against Tinubu

Published 1st Feb, 2023

By Tarinipre Francis

Aisha Buhari, Nigeria’s first lady, shared a video of Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai stating that there were individuals in the villa working against the victory of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The first lady shared the video on her official Instagram handle hours after el-Rufai made the assertion on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday.


“I believe that there are elements in the villa that want us to lose the elections because they didn’t get their way,” el-Rufai said.

“They had their candidate; their candidate didn’t win the primaries. I believe that they are still trying to make us lose the elections and they are hiding behind the president’s desire to do what he thinks is right.”

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The governor said that these elements were to blame for both the continuation of fuel subsidy and the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) naira redesign and swap policy.

“This petroleum subsidy which is costing the country trillions of naira was something that we all agreed should be removed. In fact, I had a discussion with the president and showed him why it had to go. Because, how can you have a capital budget of N200 billion for federal roads and then spend N2 trillion on petroleum subsidy?

“This was a conversation I had with the president in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.”

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While acknowledging that the president meant well with the naira redesign, el-Rufai stated that implementing it now and within the timeframe specified made no “political or economic sense”.

“People are blaming the Governor of the Central Bank for the currency redesign, but no. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as president. He did this; the Buhari-Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy with a view to catching those that were stashing away illicit funds,” said el-Rufai.

“It is a very good intention. The president has his right. But doing it at this time, within the allotted time, does not make any political or economic sense.”

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Published 1st Feb, 2023

By Tarinipre Francis


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