The Governor-elect for Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has said instead of pouring congratulatory messages on him and on the president elect, General Muhammedu Buhari, Nigerians should instead pity them and pray for them because the would be inheriting a “bankrupt economy.”
El-Rufai made this statement at a reception organised for him by the Kaduna Peoples Association at the Arewa House, Kaduna on Saturday.
The former Minister of the FCT said that the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan and that of the current Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Yero was so terrible that they had to obtain loans to pay salaries.
He said that the state, led by Yero, had incurred N90bn debt and may even increase to N100bn before the May 29 hand over date.
El- Rufai also warned that his regime would not engage in the unlawful sharing of public funds to anybody in the name of godfather or group, no matter how highly placed.
He said instead, the state resources would be wisely utilised for the betterment of the state and the people.
El-Rufai pointed out that as the PDP administration ended in May, both at the federal and state levels and what himself and the President-elect, needed was mostly prayers from Nigerians to succeed. He said:
“When people call 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 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 Peoples Democratic Party’s government has incurred debt to the tune of over N90bn and this may get to N100bn before May 29. Therefore, what you have done is exactly what we need to succeed.”