KADUNA State Governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai yesterday said he would have not had the opportunity to become a former Minister and now Governor if not for his foster father, late YahayaHamza who gave him a solid upbringing and gave him education which made him who he is today. El-Rufai stated this at the book launch of late MalamYahayaHamza’s biography held in Kaduna, saying losing his biological father at a tender age of eight years, he would have toed the wrong direction and not becoming a former Minister and now Governor. El-Rufai said: “I was eight years old when I lost my biological father. Losing my father at such a tender age could have steered the course of my life in the wrong direction, but this was not so in my case. I come from a close-knit extended family so, I wasn’t allowed to feel the void of losing a protector and provider as I was immediately placed in the loving home of my uncle AlhajiHamzaGidado; Mallam YahayaHamza’s own father. “After living with MallamYahaya’s father for a few years, I eventually moved in with MallamYahaya as I developed a strong bond with his son’s. “According to biology, we are cousins because our fathers were brothers. However, those of you that witnessed the close relationship between me and the Late YahayaHamza, will testify that it was more of a father and son relationship. The governor noted: “As a young boy trying to find my way in a complex society, MallamYahayaHamza with love and discipline was able to guide me on the right path. He took what I consider one of the best decisions in my life; sending my young head strong self to Barewa College. I say to you today, that I will not be who I am without the solid foundation I received at Barewa College. Till this very hour, I remain eternally grateful to my father MallamYahayaHamza. Baba, made sure we lacked nothing and at the same time reminded us to be thankful of how blessed we were. He was my protector, friend, counselor and most importantly my teacher’s,” he said. Speaking about his administration as a former Minister in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, El-Rufai said he met stiff opposition from corrupt influences against the change of status-quo and modus operandi of the public service institutions in Abuja but was able to overcome the obstacles with the sound education and the good moral upbringing he got from his extended family. “From Baba, we learnt to work hard and serve with integrity and purpose. He taught us the true meaning of love , till this day I consider all of his biological children my own dear siblings. “With these virtues instilled in me throughout my childhood, I grew to become a focused young man. I carried on what I had learnt, to my years of serving the nation as the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory. “When I became the Minister, I was determined to change the status-quo and modus operandi of our public service institutions. Of course, my vision for revolutionizing the way public service was run, was met with stiff opposition from corrupt influences. And so, I was able to cross any obstacle thrown at me. “Again, during my ordeal with the Senate in 2003, MallamYahayaHamza, my dear father was one of the few people who defended me privately and in public. He granted an interview to Punch Newspapers saying, “…I am ready to swear by the Holy Qur’an that Nasir, my son, did not lie. I can tell you that Nasir does not lie and so he cannot wake up to cook such a lies about two senators without it being true. This goes to show the kind of father he was, always ready to protect us, even if we were already grown and could do that on our own,” El-Rufai said. Late YahayaHamza, a renowned educationalist and former permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education died August 2015 barely two months after the inauguration of his son, MallamNasir El-Rufai as governor of Kaduna State.


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