I Can Swear I Have Never Stolen Govt Money – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has said he has never stolen from the coffers of the state and he is ready to swear to prove his point.

The governor challenged his predecessors to also come forward and swear if their hands are clean. He went further to threaten to expose them for siphoning the state’s funds.

He disclosed this in an interview done in Hausa, and monitored on a local television and radio station, where he gave an insight into his philosophy in governance, explaining he doesn’t engage in stealing, noting that he is aware that there would be a day of reckoning.


He insisted that all loans secured to facilitate projects in the state during his administration were used solely for the specified purpose, the governor said, “The people can see that we executed those projects with the loans we secured. We did not siphon the money to Dubai and buy houses, or go to Jabi road and build a mansion.

“We are not like such people. I became the governor of Kaduna State with only one house located at Danja Street in Unguwan Sarki Kaduna. I’ve completed my tenure, Alhamdulillah…that is my only house. I don’t have any other house. I didn’t build a mansion. I don’t even need it.

“I did not steal anybody’s money and I am challenging those who governed Kaduna to come out and swear that they’ve never stolen money, they should swear that they’ve not taken a kobo from Kaduna State.

“Wallahi, l am ready to swear. I am challenging them (former governors) to come out, face the people of Kaduna State and swear that they’ve never stolen the people’s money.”

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Continuing he said, “We know them, they are neither the children of Dantata ( legendary Kano billionaire) nor the children of Dangote. We know them right from our school days. Where do they get the money to build those houses? What was their profession?”

Despite admitting that his administration still had work to do, the governor pointed out the milestones he achieved, especially in road construction.  

He said, “I’m happy that we constructed qualitative roads that would last for years, not those kinds of roads they’ve constructed in the past which after two years, after two rainy seasons the roads would be bad.

“We still have work to do. Our plan is that we want all roads in Kaduna to be tarred. Anyone who comes to Kaduna would not see a muddy road. Every part of the town you visit will have tarred roads and solar powered street lights. That’s what we envisaged everywhere in Kaduna, in Kafanchan, in Zaria and in all Local Government Areas such as Soba, everywhere. That is what we want to see.” “However, we couldn’t realise all our development plans because of the situation this government met. In fact we had to seek loans to execute those projects.”

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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