The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has appealed to Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i not to leave Nigeria after the 2023 elections.
The former Lagos governor made the appeal yesterday in Kaduna while addressing attendees at the seventh edition of KadInvest, an annual event organised by the State’s Investment Promotion Agency.
Tinubu advised el-Rufa’i, a former FCT minister, not to “run away”, but to stay back and help to fix the country. “Nigeria needs thinkers and doers. I’m openly begging Nasir el-Rufa’i not to run away for (an) additional degree. We are not going to let you run away. Your vision, creativity and resiliency in turning a rotten situation to a bad one is necessary at this critical time; that is why we are here today”, the APC co-founder said, in his speech.
Tinubu’s comment of making “a rotten situation to a bad one” elicited reactions on social media thereafter.
In attendance at the event were el-Rufa’i, his Jigawa and Kebbi counterparts, Muhammad Abubakar Badaru and Atiku Bagudu, ex-Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, among others.
President Muhammadu Buhari was represented by the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Maryam Katagum.
Sanusi, a former Kano Emir, delivered the keynote address, titled: ‘Improving subnational resilience against global economic shocks’.