From Monday, you will see how the markets will respond to Buhari's return - El-Rufai

From Monday, you will see how the markets will respond to Buhari's return - El-Rufai

- The governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to cut down his work hours

- He also advised the president to reduce the numbers of visitors he receive daily so as to have time to reflect on his campaign promises

- He advised the president to prioritise the three areas that he has always promised Nigerians

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to cut down his working hours and reduce the number of visitors he received daily.

The governor said Buhari needs time to reflect and restrategize and deliver his campaign promise to Nigeria.

In an interview with Channels TV, El-Rufai said the president needed to refocus his anti-corruption war which he claims has not been succeeding as expected in recent times.

The other two areas of the president's campaign promises to Nigeria that El-Rufai thinks Buhari should focus on now that he has returned from his medical leave are: the diversification of the economy and the war against the Boko Haram insurgency and insecurity.

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He said: “Personally, I am very excited and very relieved that Mr President is back. Politically, of course, it raises Nigeria’s stability significantly and I’m sure (that) from Monday, you will see even how the markets will respond.

“For us in the APC and for many of us that are beneficiaries of Buhari’s political ascendance, this is a time of great happiness and gratitude to almighty God for bringing him back safely and well as well.

“I still believe that the President needs to be measured in his work hours. I would not want him to work between 12-18 hours a day as he used to. I think the traffic into his office and residence needs to be curtailed so that he would have more time to reflect.

“We have less than two years to deliver on most of our promises so I expect the President to refocus, make some administrative adjustments, (and) prioritise the three areas that he has always promised Nigerians.”

“We’ve been losing lots of cases in the courts. I think there is need to refocus work on that and bring back the anti-corruption war on track fully."

On diversifying the economy, he said: “The efforts to diversify the economy should continue in earnest – and, here, I believe the 36 state governments have a major role to play because Nigeria consists of 36 states and any improvement in the business environment must begin from the 36 states, not just Abuja.

On the war against Boko Haram, he said: “Boko Haram has resurged in the absence of the President. Now that he is back, I expect more focus on the war against Boko Haram – to finish them off, whatever is left of them and to make Nigeria safer.

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“We are very optimistic that these issues will be the ones Mr President will look at among other things, and bring back our country on track towards progress and as we prepare towards 2019 beginning from next year."

Meanwhile, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has finally spoken out about the health travails recently suffered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos, described Buhari’s return after about 103 days in London as a nation’s hope fulfilled.

Tinubu, who has been silent for a while and currently out of Nigeria, expressed joy hours after Buhari’s arrival in Nigeria, in a statement released by his media office.

Watch video of Governor Aminu Bello Masari and Katsina activists celebrating Buhari's return.


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