Doyin Okupe, former SSA on Public Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, has appealed to the Nigerian Senate to reconsider their earlier resolution to drop the former Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai from the ministerial list.
AbaCityBlog reports that the Senate under the leadership of Senator Godswill Akpabio had earlier this week stepped down the screening of El-Rufai and two other ministerial designates sent by the President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Reacting via a lengthy tweet on Wednesday, Okupe appealed to the Senate to reconsider their position, noting that El-Rufai is very capable of the position which he will be occupying as a minister.
Okupe who said he is a no fan of El-Rufai, said although, the Kaduna State former governor is “a radical of some sort, who have in recent past demonstrated some traits of religious extremism,” but he would be one of the best to manage any position which will be giving to him.
“The Nigerian Senate should reconsider their decision to drop former Governor El Rufai from the ministerial list.
“I am not a fan of Mallam El Rufai who I consider to be a radical of some sort and who have in recent past demonstrated some traits of religious extremism.
“Still, very few people will doubt El Rufai’s competence and immense capacity to perform. If it is true that he is being considered for the power ministry, I don’t think we should cut our noses to spite or faces.
“The Senate may insist on an undertaking from him before his confirmation that while in office as minister, he will refrain from making any comments or remarks on religion.
“The power ministry is extremely important in our economy and in our serious efforts to combat poverty.
“If any Nigerian can fix our energy problems, former Governor El Rufai is certainly one of such people.