There are reports that President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the All progressives Congress (APC) is shocked by the leaked memo written by Governor Nasiru El-Rufai lamenting about the governance of Buhari.
A memo written by the Kaduna governor to President Buhari was leaked by Sahara Reporters where El-Rufai complained about some of the issues in Buhari’s administration.The governor wrote: “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.”
“There is a perception that your ministers, some of whom are competent and willing to make real contributions, have no clear mandate, instructions and access to you. Ministers are constitutional creations, Mr. President, and it is an aberration that they are expected to report to the Chief of Staff on policy matters.”
“There is a strong perception that your inner circle or kitchen cabinet is incapable, unproductive and sectional. The quality and the undue concentration of key appointments to the North-East and exclusion of South-East are mentioned as evidence of this.”
President Buhari was shocked by the memo while the APC said it would have to study it. Chief John Odigie-Oyegun who is the chairman of the party said the party would respond appropriately after it has gone through the memo. He however said the legitimate view of El-Rufai was a source of worry for Nigerians. “We will study it and comment later publicly. We thought it was a private memo to the President, but we will look at it and if we have any suggestions to make, we will make them later. It concerns Nigerians and his legitimate views, which he has expressed. We will see how it concerns us, the party and the nation and if there is need, we will comment on it subsequently.”
A highly placed member of the Buhari administration also said President Buhari was shocked that a private memo to him could be leaked to the press.