The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has taken a swipe at Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i, over his recent statement contained in a Memo that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed.

The el-Rufa’i Memo criticizing the President and the party for poor handling of issues of governance was leaked to the media on Thursday and has been trending since then. Mr. el-Rufa’i asserted that the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) failed on its campaign promises to Nigerians.

In the memo, dated September 22, 2016, but which went viral Thursday, el-Rufa’i,  a dye-in-the-wool loyalist of Buhari, noted that his warning became necessary, because his political future was intrinsically tied to that of Buhari, adding that: “poll after poll in Kaduna State, before and after the 2015 elections, clearly shows that my fate, politically and otherwise, is uncannily tied to yours. If you do well, I stand to benefit immensely. If you do not do well Sir, whatever I try to do in Kaduna matters little to my present and any future political trajectory.”

The letter, sent to the president in September 2016, only surfaced in the public domain last Thursday.

But while reacting to the letter, Sen.Shehu Sani described el-Rufa’i who he indirectly referred as ‘The Governor’ on his Instagram page as dubious and disloyal.

Read his full post:

“The Governor is entitled to his own opinion and perception but the contradiction and irony of it are basically two; first is that he accused me of been disloyal and disrespectful to the President and the Party for speaking out my mind; And now he has done his own cunningly by criticising the President and the Party, disguised it as a memo and leaked it out to the press; that also qualified him as “disloyal and disrespectful”, the difference is that mine is blunt while his own is dubious.

“Secondly, for all the issues he raised against the President, his own is worst in his space of governance, whether it’s the existence of cabal or politics of exclusion or incompetence or public perception.The difference is that the President is tolerant to criticism and alternative views.

“The Governor recently said I’m in the habit of criticizing him because I want to be Governor of Kaduna state, that means logically he is now leaking memo to dust popular symphaty and crave an image of ‘a competent alternative’ to Baba. Those who cared to know about my little history know that I don’t call a spade a pestle or a spoon.

“The Governor always recommends that our Party should punish me for criticising him; now that he has fired a cruise missile to the President through a deliberately leaked memo, he should also be treated same. If our able party chair will give me 5 strokes of cane for speaking out, the Governor should be given thrice that for “leaking out.

“It’s often said that look at the message and not the messenger, but there are times that you can only decipher the message by looking at the messenger.”

I will leave these personal proverbs for our Great President to keep in mind:

1. He who keeps a scorpion in his pocket must always watch his groin.

2. He who inherit a cobra should know that it’s not a pet.

Senator Shehu sani
Kaduna central