In a recent statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr. Ola Awoniyi, Ahmad said El – Rufai’s life shows the importance of vision, focus, tenacity, wisdom, and courage in leadership.
According to him, these attributes have made El Rufai successful in everything he has done in our politics.
He added that he has left indelible records as a Nigerian politician.
His words, “Whether as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Secretary of the National Council on Privatisation, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and now as the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, you have left indelible records.
“The records will continue to challenge all who come after you and inspire every Nigerian who may aspire to expand the frontiers of service to our country.
“As you reach the milestone of three scores in your life, may Allah, the Most Beneficent and Most Merciful, continue to imbue you with good health, wisdom and long life for continued tireless and inspirational service to our fatherland.”
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Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (born 16 February 1960) is a Nigerian politician who is the Governor of Kaduna State, Nigeria. He was the former Director General of Bureau of Public Enterprises, the head of privatisation agency in Nigeria. He was the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 16 July 2003 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of All Progressives Congress (APC) and was elected as the Executive Governor of Kaduna State during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
El-Rufai was born on February 16, 1960 in Daudawa of Faskari Local Government Area in Katsina State. His father died while he was 8 years old.He was sponsored throughout his schooling days by an uncle in Kaduna, and as a result he grew up in the Northern state. He went to secondary school in the Barewa College, where he graduated at the top of the class, winning the “Barewa Old Boys’ Association Academic Achievement” Trophy in 1976. Incidentally, in Barewa College Zaria, the former President Umaru Yar’Adua was the House Captain of Mallam Smith House which was Nasir’s dormitory as a junior. He went off to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, earning a Bachelor in Quantity Surveying degree with First Class Honors. He also attended post-graduate programs at Harvard Business School and Georgetown University.
Since leaving public service, Nasir has completed an LL.B degree from the University of London, graduating in August 2008 with Second Class Honors, Upper Division, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in June 2009. He also received the Kennedy School Certificate in Public Policy and Management having spent 11 months as an Edward A. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management from July 2008 to June 2009.
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