Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 January 2013

Nigeria: El-Rufai's 'The Accidental Public Servant' Generates Interest

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Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Nasir El-Rufai.

The Accidental Public Servant focuses on the challenges and success of the privatization effort, and the development of Abuja under his tenure. It also details his personal struggles and lessons he has learnt from serving Nigeria in the public sector

As former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Malam Nasir el-Rufai gets set to launch his book titled "The Accidental Public Servant" on February 7, 2013 at the Shehu Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja, the book seems to be generating interest among Nigerians who have taken to the social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, to air their views.

According to el-Rufai, on his Twitter account (@elrufai), the book's Foreword was written by Pastor Tunde Bakare and Afterword by media entrepreneur Dele Olojede, and was published by Safari Books, Ibadan.

One of the official pages for the book, Elrufai Books (@ElrufaiBooks) said "The Accidental Public Servant will be available as a printed copy in various bookshops for 6, 000 (NGN) and as an e-book for 29.99 (USD) on Amazon. It is 492 pages and has 18 Chapters, taking a chronological form of El-Rufai's public service history."

"The Accidental Public Servant' is an account of El-Rufai's experiences within the Nigerian public service, in various strategic government positions from 1998 to 2007," an earlier statement concerning the book said.

"For this nuanced insight, we have Nasir El-Rufai to thank, for delivering a memoir of great honesty, even if it is not necessarily in his interest to do so," said Dele Olojede, the first African born Pulitzer Prize Winner in International Reporting.

"In 1999, a 39-year-old El-Rufai was appointed as the Director General of BPE, a government agency charged with the privatization of government assets in Nigeria. In 2004, President Obasanjo appointed El-Rufai as the Minister of Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. The Accidental Public Servant focuses on the challenges and success of the privatization effort, and the development of Abuja under his tenure. It also details his personal struggles and lessons he has learnt from serving Nigeria in the public sector.

The book also exposes the establishment; its mentality and characters, described in the book as the main hindrance to the transformation of Nigeria. Yet, it oozes optimism about Nigeria's future, as El-Rufai confesses that the economic team owes a great deal of its success to a few courageous Nigerians from various spheres, so there is certainly hope in Nigeria!

"'The Accidental Public Servant' makes clear to us that we have more than enough people who are committed, selfless and capable to lead our country to a better place," added Dele Olojede.

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