Report gathered that Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai has urged Nigerians to stop congratulating him and General Muhammadu Buhari but rather pray for them to succeed with the bankrupt economy they are inheriting.
El-Rufai said the President-elect and himself are inheriting governments that are in bad situation, adding that, it has become so bad that the President Goodluck Jonathan led government had to obtain loan to pay salaries.
He spoke at two functions held at Arewa House in Kaduna Sunday. The events were: special reception for elected officials by Kaduna Peoples’ Association (KAPA) and Special prayer for them by APC Yoruba Political Forum.
El-Rufai told KAPA that, Kaduna State has incurred debt to the tune of over N90billion, an amount which he said may increase to N100billion before the May 29 handing over ceremony.
He therefore assured that his government will not share the public fund to any persons or group, no matter how highly placed they are.
Similarly at the Yoruba Political Forum’s event, the Governor-elect who was showered with prayers for the success of his administration said the incoming government needed nothing better than prayers.
According to him, “when people call me to congratulate me or come to congratulate me and General Buhari, I always tell them, thank you, but what we need is your sympathy and prayers. This is because, myself and Generl Buhari are taking over bankrupt governments; it is so bad that, the Jonathan administration is finding it difficult to pay salaries, in fact, they had to obtain loan to pay salaries.
“In the case of Kaduna State, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s government has incurred debt to the tune of over N90 billion, and this may get to N100 billion before May 29. Therefore, what you have done is exactly what we need to succeed”, El-Rufai said.
He however charged other elected officials to be ready to work for the people who elected them and remove greed and selfishness in the discharge of their duties, adding that, if they fail to work for the people, they will chase them out the way they did to the PDP.