Ministerial List: AYCF Makes Case for El-Rufai
By: Femi Mustapha
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has cautioned that the patience of the youth must not be tested further with the refusal to confirm the nomination of the immediate past Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, for appointment as Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
A statement by the AYCF National President, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, yesterday, said the youth and indeed Northern Nigeria feel humiliated by the news that out of the 48 names submitted to the Senate by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, El-Rufai is among the only three whose confirmations were deferred.
“We regret to note that the targeting of Nasir El-Rufai for such irreverent treatment is part of a wider agenda being pursued by certain dubious political interests to deny the North and the younger generation of Nigerians fair representation in Tinubu’s cabinet.
“It is suspicious that El-Rufai, who is among the best, if not the best of all the names submitted by the President, should be among the only three that could not be confirmed without justifiable reasons.
“We consider it deceptive for the Senate to give security checks as a reason for not confirming El-Rufai because it is common knowledge that the ministerial nomination list passed through security scrutiny before getting to the Senate.
“At the risk of overstating the case, we can boldly say that El-Rufai, Hannatu Musawa, Bello Matawalle, and Festus Keyamo are by far the best representation of the young generation of Nigerians included in the list.
“It will, therefore, amount to unwarranted provocation to Kaduna State, to the North, and to the Nigerian youth for El-Rufai not to be confirmed for flimsy considerations,” Shettima said.