Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has come out to advice against being a governor, saying it is not nice because you do not have time for other things.
The governor categorically declared that after five months in charge of Kaduna state, he was already tired of the job.
Speaking at the just-concluded Ake Arts and Book Festival which held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, El-Rufai said he hasn’t had time to read a book in the last two years.
“In the last two years, I have been busy with opposition, new political party and elections. I used to read a book a week when I was less busy. But now, I just read files and documents and so on. My advice to anyone that thinks being governor is nice, don’t try it. You don’t get to read; you don’t have a life.”
“We are negotiating contracts that were awarded. Some of them were excessively inflated. We are recovering monies that had been paid for work not done. We are doing so because we are more interested in recovering the monies than humiliating and exposing the people that did it.”
“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. 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?”
“It is the third largest state in Nigeria in terms of population and land areas, with huge challenges. We are very close to the North East. We have to be worried about suicide bombers everyday.”
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