A Short Tale on Nasir El-Rufai, His Son, And A School

September 24, 2019

Nigerians are not exactly fans of the walk-the-talk mantra. Remember that Daddy Bubu promised that he would make the naira “great again”? How’s that working out for him? At the last count, a thousand naira barely gets anyone through the day. Leemao!

So yes, it is newsworthy if someone does exactly what they say they will, and more so if the said person is an elected official.

In this case, it was the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who made the news.

Let’s Walk You Through It, Shall We?

In December 2017, he promised that one of his sons would be enrolled in a public school in the state to show his commitment about raising the education standard in his state.

Some two years after, it seems the governor might actually be doing this. According to a Septemeber 23 tweet on his official twitter account, Abubakar Al-Siddique El-Rufal has indeed been enrolled into one of these schools.

As I said, it was a newsworthy event, because, well… Nigeria. So, as you may expect, Twitter rose to the announcement. Internet is accessible, maybe not cheap, but it is accessible. Everyone had something to say about it.

There is this person that thinks the Governor is only trying to score cheap political points:

This person says y’all shouldn’t trip:

There are reports that Government renovated the said school with about 195 million Naira. But this person thinks that shouldn’t be THE point.

But, there just might be a little twist to the story. I mean, it’s Nigeria, isn’t it?

I can only think of two things here; yes, the money has been diverted in true Nigeria version, or maybe, just maybe the children in question were too shy to meet the Governor. I mean who wouldn’t be?

We’ll keep watching.

Toheeb Lanlehin

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