May not seek second term
Some six months after assuming office, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says the burden of meeting the yearnings of the people was having serious impact on his healthy and feelings.
Accordingly, the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, who was reputed for demolishing structures allegedly built on parks, under high tension lines or for encroaching on government property, said he is so tired that he is almost helpless.
Further, the ex-minister, who has been in running battle with some prominent Kaduna indigenes, who he claimed got land allocations in Rimi College and other choice plots belonging to government, says the stress of creating employment opportunities for the unemployed graduates and artisans, is almost weighing him down.
The governor, who was speaking at the just-concluded Ake Arts and Book Festival which held in Abeokuta, Ogun State November 17 to 21, barely concealed his disappointment of not meeting his expectations and that of the people, as he regretted the slow pace with which he has been able to accomplish what he had initially set out to achieve to make living bearable for the people.
“As a state governor, the challenge for me is what to do to create jobs in Kaduna State. Eighty-two per cent of the eight million people in Kaduna State are below the age of 35.
“My challenge is not whether population grows next year or the year after. It is to get jobs for this young people, otherwise no one will sleep in peace.
“Frankly speaking, five months as governor, I am already tired. I honestly do not think that anyone who wants to do this job seriously can do it for more than four years and not burn out,” he said giving a hint perhaps he might not seek a second tenure.“When I look at some of my colleagues, some are putting on weight, they are looking nice, I ask them, ‘how do you do it?, “he said but did not reveal to the delighted audience what their responses have been.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that the former minister was a frontline critic of President Goodluck Jonathan and other ministers whom he alleged were either clueless as far as handling national issues such as creating jobs, ensuring security, generating more funds for development purposes and strengthening national unity, among other matters.

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