Tinubu’s cabinet: I’m not lobbying to become Chief of Staff — el-Rufai

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Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has denied rumours that he is vying for the position of Chief of Staff in President-elect Sen. Bola Tinubu’s cabinet.

El-Rufai stated this to reporters in Gombe on Saturday.

According to reports, El-Rufai was in the state to dedicate 550 housing units and the Gombe Geographic Information Systems (GOGIS) Service Centre.

He called the reports on the various portfolios assigned to him that were published in national dailies “mere speculations.”
The governor stated that he was more interested in contributing to Nigeria’s development than in jockeying for positions.

El-Rufai stated that being in government was not the only way to contribute to Nigeria’s development and that even if he was not in government, he would continue to be committed to the country’s progress.

“I haven’t discussed it with the president-elect, and I don’t like to speculate.”

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“I read in the newspapers about various portfolios that have been assigned to me, but you know, I am a dedicated Nigerian.”

“I want to see my country progress, and whatever I can do to help the country’s development, I will do.”

“But I don’t have to do it because I work for the government.” Everyone who works in the private sector or in civil society contributes.
“There is not just one way to contribute to the country, and I will never stop working for Nigeria’s progress,” he said.

The governor stated that when he leaves office in the next 22 days, he will take a break but will be available to provide advice on how to move the country forward as needed.

“I will not be a chief of staff in the private sector.” “I’m going to take a break and give advice to people like Governor Inuwa Yahaya if they need it,” he said.

On Tinubu’s presidency beginning on May 29, El-Rufai stated that Nigerians would not be sorry for voting for the president-elect, emphasizing that better days were ahead for Nigerians under Tinubu.

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