Nigeria may not get to 2015, says El-Rufai

“The way the country is going, I am not even sure we will get to 2015 unless those in power change their strategy,” Nasir El-Rufai, a leading member of the opposition Congress for Progressive Change, has said.

Mr. El-Rufai who describes himself as an official “ruffler of feathers” said this in an interview with PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr. El-Rufai, 52, said that in his lifetime, he had seen three governments fail on similar premises.

He also commented on several other issues including the state of Nigeria’s economy, Boko Haram, the current reformation of his party, CPC, and plans to merge it with other opposition parties and and his political future with regards to running for Nigeria’s presidency in 2015.

We bring you excerpts  of the interview in series. 

In this first part of the series, Mr. El-Rufai talked about the state of the economy – “they are broke,” he said. 

He also talked his political future and why he thinks Nigeria may not survive till 2015.

Play the video below to listen.

  • patriot

    May 2015 never come. May there arise a jerry rawlings Or another Idiagbon to wipe out all these bastards in & out of govt , before we start wasting money to conduct another election going nowhere. Nigeria needs a desperate solution to all these desperate vandals / looters in governance. Recent revelations of looting in this nigeria makes ibori looks like a saint.

    • Stella Briggs

      Stella Briggs May 25, 2012

      Punch does not publish good and fair comments any longer.Kudos to Sahara reporters and Premium Times that have refused brown envelopes!
      What do you expect lfeanyi to say.To him this type of story is a joy that should be celebrated.Even, FGN has not been able to do anything to Ambassador Felix Oboro the looter of Embassy money and drug baron who does not want peace in Niger Delta.It is only in Nigeria that Chief Oboro can be appointed an Ambassador to damage the image of his country.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Anne2301 Anne Evans

      Thank you patriot. Well said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ichie-Nwakibie/100001744730516 Ichie Nwakibie

    El-Rufai, 2014 is the year. If the North and South did not agree on the new accord, the amalgamation is off.

    Thanks,
    Ichie Nwakibie N’Ogidi.
    (Ogidi of Ogidi)

  • abc

    Mr Elrufai, Am never a suppoter of GEJ and i dont think i will be, because he lacks all for me to support him. but i want you to know that nothing will happen to this administration that did’nt happen to your master’s (Obj) govt, which you are an arrow head. is it not you and your master that initiated the current election rigging formulae, so why are you putting too much on this govt which you and your master fail to acheived. haba if u no get job, go back to farm and leave us alone. you said more than three countries failed due to similar problems. It seems you need to consult your library and find out how many countries were also saved from the kinds of the problems that nigeria is facing today. pray for the end of the problems not the country>

  • Sule

    Mr. El Rufai, Nigeria will go beyond 2015 but it may not be the same land size as is today. The nothern part of the present Nigeria may have chosen a new name for their country. Enough is enough — Nigeria needs to break into two, three of four countries, just like Sudan. Otherwise, there won’t be a semblance of peace and progress.

    • Abdulmalik Mahdi

      How is that the solution to corruption and maladministration? Wake up man and smell the coffee…if that would help all the State and LGA creation would have solved our isuues…whic is mainly bad governance. Lastly, just who are thse ‘Northern Part’ that you speak of? Can u define it by listing the States and tell me if they all told you they want to be part of one future country?

      • M.Bukar

        Nigerian problem is not living together and breaking into pieces can not solve. Remember out of 36 states, 30 state governors unilaterally decided to just take over affairs of the local governments.They refused to conduct election into the local council and unconstitutionally appoint their cronies and deny them the grants. When talking about corruption, mismanagement and the lack of rule of law, we are all involed in it, north or south, president to teachers, politicians to so called bussiness men. Lets right the wrongs that is what they are saying. I sudan in any way better now?

  • Olufunso45

    This video does not play well. It stops at the issue of federalism. What is going on? Please PT adjust dis thing make e play well well. I beg.

  • baba zaria

    WHETHER WE REMAIN AS ONE COUNTRY OR NOT OR WE ARE DIVIDED INTO GOD KNOWS HOW MANY COUNTRIES; THE ISSUE THAT REMAINS UNANSWERED IS THAT IS CORRUPTION; HEARTLESSNESS AND INSENSITIVITY OF THE SO CALLED LEADERS WE HAVE IN THE PRESENT NIGERIA ONLY PECULIAR THE NORTH, SOUTH. WEST OR EAST?????? WHEN YOU GO TO ALL THESE PLACES YOU WILL SEE EVIDENCE OF NEGLECT OF THE PEOPLE THERE. THE LACK OF ELECTRICITY 24/7, PORTABLE DRINKING WATER, MEDICAL CARE, ROOF-LESS SCHOOLS, OVER-CROWDED CLASSROOMS AND HOSTELS IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IS ALL OVER; SO WHY ARE SOME PEOPLE TALKING AS IF ONE PART OF THE COUNRTY IS HEAVEN WHILE THE OTHER PARTS ARE HELL. LET’S FACE IT WE ARE ALL LIVING IN HELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Vicruth99

    Mr. El-Rufai,
    Thanks so much for your courage to come out boldly to expose the so called Nigerian leaders’ level of corruption again. You have really come out with the real facts. It is a thing of shame to hear that Nigeria is broke. It is a thing of shame to hear that Jonathan and his associates shared 155 billion Naira among themselves. It is shameful that only 3 students scored above 300 in this last JAMB. For the fact that there are many important issues to address to move Nigeria forward with your level of education, but instead, Jonathan is dragging Nigeria backward again. We just hope that Jonathan’s actions with all of his associates will not divide Nigeria as predicted by Mr. El.Rufai.

  • Opidoy

    if nigeria might not reach 2015 then attempt to forge a united front against pdp is furtile so why wasting your time on that just get ready to rule that part of nigeria u belong to simple

  • musdeekari

    your are predicting this evil booms to yourself. we saw what you did in Nigeria but that does not mean we dont have better hands than you. Then, if you could see our problem in the future proffer solution as well. That flimsy reason that made you to predict will remain figment of your imagination.

  • SKIPPER

    Mumu El Rufai. You will be swept away also because you are among them that have been causing us pains. You are out of govt, that’s why you are writting this trash. When you were in, you promised eldorado to all of us. No free money is coming again and you are attacking your fellow vampires. Go chop the ones you stole, abi e don finish?