27 February 2013

Nigeria: El-Rufai - I'll Write More Books to Expose Corruption

A former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai, has declared his intention to write more books to expose corruption and promote probity in public office.

El Rufai said that his last book which catalogued his sojourn in government, The Accidental Public Servant, was driven by the need to enthrone transparency in governance.

Speaking at the presentation of the book in Lagos yesterday which came under the auspices of the Save Nigeria Group (SNG), el-Rufai, however, admonished those who may have reservations about the contents of the 700-paged work to write a rejoinder, instead of castigating him.

Since the initial presentation of the book recently in Abuja, the Kaduna-born former minister has been receiving criticisms from prominent Nigerians that served the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who faulted some of the accounts presented in the book.

While faulting his critics, he vowed to write more books cataloguing his sojourn in government, saying the present one is just a tip of the iceberg.

Pioneer Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, had in separate occasions faulted some of the details contained in the book as well as the motive of the writer.

To Ribadu, there exists what he termed a "huge integrity deficiency" in former minister's book, stating that el-Rufai was wrong to have written about the EFCC as he knew next to nothing about its operations throughout their stint in government.

On his part, the former vice president dismissed the book as nothing more than a work of fiction, as he argued that aspects that catalogued his official dealings in government were inaccurate.

Abubakar, in a statement made available to newsmen in the wake of the allegations contained in the book, stated that el-Rufai was writing alleged fiction for self-glorification at the expense of truth.

Reacting to the barrage of criticism trailing the presentation of the book, el-Rufai stated that he had no other motive for undertaking to write the book other than the need to ensure transparency in the governance of the country.

Lamenting the spate of secrecy in government, el-Rufai said, "Governance of this country must move away from what it is. It must be open for all to see. Governance must be transparent. It is unfortunate that since I have written this book, politicians have been ascribing various motives for the move which are from what was intended."

He however admonished youths in the country to be more involved in the goings on in the nation, despite the fact that their nation has not been fair to them in terms of provision economic opportunities and financial empowerment.

Speaking earlier as the chief host, the Convener of the SNG, Pastor Tunde Bakare praised el-Rufai for undertaking to write the book, saying with the efforts, he has defined a workable compass for the problems plaguing the country to be solved.

"God positioned el-Rufai to be where he was at that time, so that he will later expose the workings of government. With the coming of this book, friends have become enemies, enemies have become friends. Anyway, if anybody is angry with the contents of the book, he should write his own," Bakare stated.

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