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El Rufai Attacks Jonathan Over Independence Day Spending

Former President Jonathan at an October 1st function at the Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja

Kayode Sesan | Lagos

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for budgeting N70m for the Independence Day anniversary.

El-Rufai noted in a Facebook post on Thursday that under former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Government spent billions every year on Independence Day.

He noted that between 2011 and 2014, Jonathan spent over N64bn celebrating Independence Day.

Curiously, in 2010 Jonathan budgeted N10bn for Nigeria’s golden jubilee celebration.

He wrote, “This is the APC/PMB change we voted for. Independence anniversary expenditure for the past five years: 2011 – N13bn; 2012 -N15bn; 2013 – N14bn; 2014 – N22bn; 2015 -N70m

In a separate post titled, ‘Our chance for national rebirth’, el-Rufai urged on the people of Kaduna not to lose hope.

He noted that the nation was not yet where it ought to be but with purposeful leadership, things would get better.

El Rufai, a former minister under the PDP government was hounded into exile under the administration of the late President Umar Musa Yar’ Adua but returned to Nigeria when Goodluck Jonathan assumed office as President following the demise of Musa Yar’ Adua.

El Rufai in his October 1st speech declared a state of emergency in the education sector.

He said, “Education is emancipation! Education is freedom from want and disease! The provision of free basic education in decent schools and with skilled teachers is one of the priorities this government will accomplish in its four-year term.

“We have spent the past few months planning school repairs, the provision of school furniture and the training of teachers. Today, we move to declare a state of emergency in education. We ask for your support as we begin to implement extraordinary measures in the educational sector.”


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