Bello El-Rufai: No Involvement in Contracts During Father’s Administration

Dismissing any association with contract awards during his father, Nasir El-Rufai’s, tenure as the governor of Kaduna State, Bello El-Rufai, the House of Representatives member for Kaduna North Federal Constituency, made this known during an interview with Yaya Abba on the show ‘With Shuraim’.

Nasir El-Rufai, a former governor of Kaduna State who also served as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from 2003 to 2007, held the position of Kaduna State governor for two terms from 2015 to 2023.

Recent accusations claim that Nasir El-Rufai left significant debts amounting to $587 million, N85 billion, and N115 billion in contract liabilities for his successor, Uba Sani, leading to insufficient funds to pay salaries in the state.

In response, Bello stated, “I think he (Nasir) is an exceptional mind and the sort of leader that Nigeria really needs; there are many like him.”

He continued by mentioning their active campaign support for his father during his gubernatorial race, acknowledging the strategic alliance that occurred leading to his father’s victory.

Reflecting on his personal experience, Bello, the Chairman of the House Committee on Banking Regulations, shared, “When he became governor, he sent me, as I say, on exile. Unlike the children of the governors back then, I didn’t really stay in Kaduna doing contracts.”

Understanding the rationale behind his father’s decision to distance him from political affairs, Bello explained, “What happens to the man in power is that if they can’t get to him, they’ll get to the wives or children,” hinting at the pressures faced due to his father’s position.

During the primary four years of his father’s governance in Kaduna, Bello worked in the Enterprise Business Unit at Huawei, a tech company, which provided him with valuable insights into organizational structures.

Notably, this is not the first occasion Bello has praised his father’s administrative acumen and leadership qualities, as he previously expressed his sentiments after his father’s ministerial nomination was rejected by the Senate in early March 2024.

He disclosed that it took persuasion from him and other family members to convince his father, Nasir El-Rufai, to accept the ministerial nomination offered by President Bola Tinubu.

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