The governor made the comments on Sunday, July 31, 2016, while attending a service at Pastor Tunde Bakare’s Latter Rain Assembly in Lagos.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has expressed sympathy for President Muhammadu Buhari who he says always becomes president when Nigeria is in trouble.El-Rufai also sympathized with Nigerians over the current economic downturn in the country. “We have always known that there is massive corruption in Nigeria but the revelations of the past one year have shocked even the most pessimistic of critics. Nearly 70 per cent of Nigeria’s oil revenues disappeared without a trace,” he said. “Of course, there must be consequences for that. When we sit down with President Buhari these days, I pity him. I pity him because he has always become President anytime Nigeria is in trouble.
“First, it was after the NPN (National Party of Nigeria) government had almost grounded the economy (in 1984) and now, after a massive looting of the nation’s treasury; and he has to lead the team to fix it. “But we are working round the clock to fix these problems. With your prayers and the cooperation of Nigerians, we shall surmount these problems,” he added.
El-Rufai also said that he was able to become governor of Kaduna because Bakare had invited him to join Buhari’s party, the now defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) in 2011.