Senator Shehu Sani, in a recent statement he released in Abuja on Saturday, urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to punish the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai for allegedly leaking a 30 page memo he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari to the media.
According to the memo which El-Rufai wrote to Mr. President sometime in September 2016, he said that Buhari was losing the vision and momentum of change.
El-Rufai told Buhari how bad the nation had been doing under his watch, how some of his policies have contributed and what could be done to get Nigeria back on track.
The Senator said that a governor like El-Rufai who could not stand criticism now has the audacity to criticize his president.
“The governor always recommends that our party should punish me for criticising him,” Mr. Sani said.
“Now that he has fired a cruise missile at the President through a deliberately leaked memo, he should also be treated the same way.
“He accused me of being disloyal and disrespectful to the President and the party for speaking my mind.
“Now he has done his own cunningly by criticising the President and the party, disguised it as a memo and leaked it out to the press.
“If our able party chair would give me five strokes of the cane for speaking out, the governor (El Rufai) should be given thrice that for ‘leaking out’.
“It’s often said that look at the message and not the messenger, but there are times when you can only decipher the message by looking at the messenger,” he said.
The Senator added that while El-Rufai is entitled to his opinion, the irony is that he carried out an action he always stood against.
He described Gov. El-Rufai as disloyal and disrespectful, saying that the difference is that while his was blunt, El-Rufai’s was dubious.
“Secondly, for all the issues he raised against the President, his own is worst in his space of governance both in the existence of cabal or politics of exclusion, incompetence or public perception.
“The difference is that the President is tolerant of criticisms and alternative views.’’
The senator alleges that by leaking the memo to the media, it was evident that he is logically trying to become popular and create the image of a competent alternative to Buhari.
“Logically he is leaking memo to rouse popular sympathy and create the image of “a competent alternative” to “Baba”. He said
Mr. Sani advised President Buhari to be careful, because “he who keeps a scorpion in his pocket must always watch his groin and he who inherits a cobra should know that it’s not a pet.”