Nasir El-Rufai and his two daughters, By Femi Fani-Kayode

Femi Fani-Kayode, former aviation minister

The graduate unemployment rate in Nigeria is 80 per cent yet these young people that are abusing and mocking my friend and brother, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the former Minister of FCT, for saying that he has two daughters that have masters degrees but who cannot find jobs do not seem to appreciate the gravity of their own situation or understand the point that he was trying to make.

Nasir El-Rufai was simply speaking up for the very youths and jobless graduates that are now mocking and insulting him because of his comment. I assure you that his daughters will never starve and they can get jobs anywhere in the world or even end up working in any of his own numerous companies and business concerns if they so choose. He was only trying to use their plight as an example of the sad condition that Nigeria has found herself in where only two out of every ten graduates can find jobs.

If we put that in proper perspective it means that out of every one thousand graduates only 200 will find jobs and it means that out of every 10,000 graduates only 2000 will find jobs. This is as a consequence of the economic mess that the Jonathan administration has created in the last three years. The unemployment rate today has NEVER been as bad as it is today in our entire history. That is what Nasir El-Rufai was trying to point out only because he is humane and he empathises with the youth. He feels their pain. Those young people that do not get the point he was trying to make and that are mocking him and subjecting him and his daughters to ridicule and insults for saying what he said deserve to go through the suffering and frustration that they are experiencing in life.

Their colleagues and age-mates from other parts of the world have jobs and they are excelling and doing well simply because they live in functional, well-organised and well-led societies whose leaders care for their welfare and which have strong and booming economies. That is what Nasir El-Rufai wants for Nigeria and the Nigerian youth but most of them just don’t get it.

Well the joke is on them and not him and his daughters. Ignorance is a terrible diesease. Those youths ought to be thanking God that some of us that are leaders in the political class actually care about such issues and wish to highlight them. The truth is that most Nigerian politicians don’t and they really just don’t ”give a damn”. I commend Nasir for his courage, for the fact that he can cite his daughter’s cases as an example and for his efforts. Those young people on twitter and fb that have been insulting and mocking him ought to cut him some slack.


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  • Oyewole Michael

    I commend him too my leader. He has indirectly cited/pleaded the case of every jobless Nigerian youths. Quite unfortunate that it is misunderstood, impatients youths with little ability to comprehend. I doff my hat for you, Nasir El-Rufai. Be good.

  • Hmmmm! We all need a job (or two)!

  • john

    Mumu man…youwin and sure P has created jobs

    • Innocent

      A lot of jobs, including yours.

      • nd

        Obasanjo made both clowns minister just to enjoy some peace. otherwise they are mere blackmailers and talkatives

  • anonymous

    Precisely because everyone knows that Elrufai’s “jobless” daughters can never want for anything in life, and that they can be employed in the numerous business ventures of Elrufai established with funds amassed principally from the Nigerian state, that is why Elrufais comparison of the fictitious joblessness of his daughters with the true conditions of our underpriviledged youth amounts to a mockery of the youth by Elrufai.

    He could have used a more authentic reference from the teeming examples of unemployed youth that litter the streets of his own native Zaria city, than take recourse to hypocritical comparison with his priviledged daughters, who in all probability are not even interested in working because of the loot already amassed and stored for them. Therein lies the basis of the negative backlash to Elrufais comments. He should stop playing to the gallery. Nigerians are not fools.

    • u put it aptly boss.. !!!! u dont act like ur daughters too are caught in joblessness plight when u know they can easily find employment ! I know he’s passionate about we youth though..i will concede that to him …

  • Public Servant

    My question is how many jobs did he create when he was a minister? We are not fools, El-Rufai is a traitor. Just because the pendulum has swung he is now a critics, shame on him

    • Kma

      I’m with u 100%. GEJ isn’t a saint but ppl like Rufai rada dan spending all d time to criticize shld prove dy r better. With all Rufai’s numerous biz concerns y can’t he employ d jobless graduates to reduce d rate. Dy dat live in glass houses shldnt throw stones.

  • Charles Okoronkwo

    Thank you Mr Wise for throwing more light on a crystal clear issue, you moron! You idiots hold public office, get out of office and all of a sudden we are all fools that need you to break things down for us. Fucking Bastard!

  • awesome

    Elrufai and Fani kayode are birds of the same feathers they must flock together…he that goes to equity must go with clean hands.

  • justine

    I don’t understand how some Nigerians reason thru their anus. What Elrufai said is just an example and even when Mr. Femi try to correct d impresion some are still not gettn it, let’s not be carried away by sentiment, Mr Ebele is a failure he has failed us in all aspect and d truth must be told, now I will rather vote a man with a shoe than vote a man without. We have learnt our lesson.

    • sailor aro

      These are people who played key roles in the obusanjo olesego administration! Now tell me amongst both administration (present and past) which deserve a greater level of condemnation?

  • Lugard Tare-Otu II

    Nigeria’s jobless rate is very sad. I also commend Mallam El-Rufai. However, the author of this article exuded a great deal of ignorance and hate which is totally unbecoming of his stature and far from exemplary – to state that the youths who have castigated El-Rufai’s article deserve their present jobless staus and its attendant frustration is very wicked, callous and indicates a heart which lacks love for the people – not the kind of statement a leader should make. Little wonder he can say that the youths should thank God that he cares about such issues, nothing could be funnier and more ignorant. If you seek to lead, it is the norm to care about such issues, we don’t have to thank God for that. Moreover, the jobless rate did not begin today, Mr. Fani-Kayode was part of a government under which the jobless rate was very high. I am no fan of GEJ, comments and criticisms should however remain above board – it is the ethical thing to do. LT

  • Amas

    RUBBISH! A WHOLE LOAD OF RUBBISH!!

  • Tunde Ige

    I feel my egbon from the South-West would be more sensitive to the fact that the daughters of @elrufai are far from reality. We are not morons who needed your guidance. Uncle, talk to your rich friend to be very careful and know when not to cross the line.

    • Lex

      They are the same, product of the same mindset of amnesia and tongue recklessness. The two seem to me a duo of frustration of irrelevance.

  • luca

    while i respect this self saving explanation i simply dont buy it,the man majorly goofed with the ill though out example of his daughters and it just shows the inherently arrogant,ignorant nature of our politicians and their sense of entitlement.
    for a man who is probably a billionaire and part of the rot in the country to come out and still be bemoaning his daughter’s inability to secure a job even amongst the remaining 20% shows their nature..

    many of these Nig youths have no rich billionaire father,they only rely on their certificates and their wit in getting a job out of the 20% yet el rufai as selfish and self centred as he is is still pushing his daughters out to push those same youths out of the way and struggle for the paltry 20% of jobs

  • Faluro Olusogo

    This people knows how to make mouth when they are out of Government………..nonsense

  • Sir Tee

    I question d source of his wealth and yours, when u both served thesame govt n had all the loot u could get. Why wouldn’t you have a lot of business concerns. In your time unemployment was high too, so what are u talking about? Let me hear word jare.

  • Ibrahim Umar

    Femi Fani Kayode has instantly turned to an appostle of good since he is out of government. The current trend of unemployment is an inheretant trend from past regimes including the one Mr. Kayode served. Therefore shut your dirty mouth and allow responsible people to talk on national issues.

  • Ibrahim Umar

    Femi Fani Kayode has instantly turned to an appostle of good since he is out of government. The current trend of unemployment is an inheretant trend from past regimes including the one Mr. Kayode served. Therefore shut your dirty mouth and allow responsible people to talk on national issues.

  • Charles wobo

    Mr Fani, u have spoken well but following ur antecedents as a former minister and with such heavy allegation of corrupt practices hanging on your neck, I strongly think that you talk too much and the only reason why you have the guts toi still speak n get ur articles even published is bcos of the kind of country we have found ourselves in, if not you should be somewhere in kirikiri answering questions for ur loot. I have watched u closely n my candid advice to Nigerians is take ur word n not ur character. I am sure if GEJ offers u an appontment tomorrow u will sewashebi n do an elaborate thanksgiving with airtime to sing his praises.Clear ur mess then u can start talking again.

  • Charles wobo

    Mr Elrufai (Mr holier than thou), I love ur concern for the youths but don’t u think its good to go to equity with clean hands. What is ur salary as a civil servant? Surely it cannot afford to train ur kids abroad and equally own houses in ABJ.Deep inside u, u know u have also enriched urself corruptly with public funds.

  • Anya

    Please gentlemen and ladies, let’s discus issues and quit calling names please. Both men have geniune points about the situation of the country.

  • iyke

    Fani kayode, their is no difference between u and el rufai. Where u people before becoming ministers? Did both of u not help ursefs from d state treasury? I don’t blame u people 4 having d effontry to tell nigerians that ur like el rufai is rich enuf to get d children work. Who made u and ur crony the mouth piece of nigerian youths

  • anonymous

    Sometimes i wonder if we all read these errant ‘RUBBISH” this use and dump government of ours have made us, we have a FAILED government functioning now and its gonna be like that if we the youths don’t revolt .both Fani kayode and El rufai are just embodiment of thieves..we need to ask them these fundamental Economics questions on how they both created jobs in their constituencies or while in power?

    1:How many jobs did both of them create while in power?

    2:Whom benefited from those jobs that was created by them?

    3:How was it created?

    i was shocked that el rufai could come out and say this rubbish after stealing and selling almost all the government lands in abuja at the detriment of we masses that have no one to fight for us ..its just a shame El rufai and the world most mumu fani Kayode would try to interpret what the 2nd mumu made as a reference…

  • Dami47

    Mr Fani Kayode, I wonder how you have been reduced from an aviation minister to some jobless nature politician surfing the net looking for nonsense stories and tales to tell of late, if you don’t have anything important to do, go check your past and see the mistakes you made while in office and how to get things and life moving again, don’t come online and start writing nonsense tales, been following your write ups of late and I wonder how you became a minister in Nigeria with the level of your reasoning. Nonsense politicians in sheep clothing

  • Latchy

    This article reeks of so much arrogance I could puke! You “political class” think “the co
    mmon man” should be grateful they talk about unemployment. For your information Mr. Kayode you and your friend El-rufai are as guilty as Jonathan for the mess we call a country. Step off your high horse and stop acting holier than though. All of you make me sick!

  • Jimoh

    Oh Mr F. Kayode, I am delighted reading your peice. Dlighted for the rear fact that a person of your class caring about the masses still exist among us. To your class enough was available economically and a well rounded education as at the time. But a great numbers of you ofcause took a sound advantage of it. The present youth lacks all that. The education-of the classroom, home, paiers and most importanly history are not there. The youths are insted all aruond the place hocking, on work sites and farm sted on a fulltime looking for what to survive the every day. A generation that lacks all of the above and more will surely lacks understanding, maner, lose its right and are crude in every sphere. It is a sory state. You discovered that upon taking your precious time to enumerate the above they are still at the other side of the divide. How I wish the youth knows what they need, we would have been talking about that by now. We,ve been brain washed by the crud principles of ethinicty, regionalism and religion that runs through to the very unit of our immedite family. Its as bad as that. I will advice the youth to heed these calls even if they don’t care about these personalties. Thank you Mr. Kayode for your time with us.

    • Latchy

      For someone complaining about the poor quality of education and making excuses for Mr.Kayode your spelling and grammar sucks

  • Lanre

    Egbon Femi. Your article is a very funny one on a very serious matter. Walahi, it’s almost like a discussion I would have with friends at a bar. But Egbon, even if I am laughing, this is not funny. Only fools clown and make light of very serious matters.Nigeria is in real trouble and we need focused leadership. I read Malam’s article on his daughters and I did not make a comment because really there was none to make. Now you just confirmed he has many companies that could hire his daughters. Haba! Did I not live in Nigeria? We all know these things. Please Chief Fani-Kayode, let us make comments that show the gravity of issues. Your article is condescending to the millions of youth out there. Where some of us live, you can work at McDonalds and still aspire later in life to be a Senator. You can work at Autozone and still be one of the richest individuals out there. Wendy’s, Fed-Ex Kinko’s, Macy’s, (many restaurant/service outlets) these are some of the establishments students use to work and go to school. They get their degrees and go work for largely private sector outfits (Governments in the U.S employ only 1 out of 6 workers). Our leaders (of which you and Nasir are) need to be making positive comments and contributions, not insulting the many youth some of whom are potential voters. Oya Egbon, let me hear the good news that one of your companies has hired the Nasir Daughters.

  • Ayo

    The point made by the writer,in defense of his friend & brother was very well articulated. But having noted this, it is very hypocritical for him to lay Nigeria’s economic woes solely at the feet of Jonathan’s administration. Mr. Fani Kayode would do well that admit that it is those seeds of economic woes sown by the administration they served, that is maturing at this time.

    All the problems being given prominence by his ilks have been with us before Jonathan became president and i dare say, even under the administration they served. These two ‘gentlemen’ had their opportunities to redress some of our societal ills while they were ministers but they failed woefully instead, they chose their pockets – how else would he have the effrontery to tell us that his friend’s daughters did not need state created jobs (as if we do not know that their father has helped himself to enough of our common wealth to guarantee a lifetime of comfort for even their unborn generations. These people should stop insulting our collective sensibilities.

  • Amunume

    The youth you claim to have been advocating for, know more than you claim. You should stop this holier than thou attitude because we know best. You are opportunist and trying to cover up your evil deed and illegally emassed wealth that the Nigerians need to develop industries for the youth to work.

  • funso

    After reading this piece, i am left with so much hate and anger at
    the Authur. A person who tasted what it means to have free education and
    free lunch in school. A person who knows what is right and yet because
    of political nonesense status choose to say rubbish. How long are we
    nigerians going to continue to be led by these fools (both past and
    present). Please, you all should go and face your businesses (set up
    with stolen funds).

    Until Nigeria starts to do what is right, this country will never work.

    i
    will ask Fani-Kayode some questions and i expect a sincere reply to
    them. If he cannot convince we Nigerians, then let him forever hold his
    peace.

    1. What has the Federal Government done to prosecute Dimeji Bankole who stole Billions of naira.

    2.
    what happened to those who stole Nigeria’s fund using the fuel subsidy
    scam? They returned the Billions they stole and were patted on the back.

    3. What about the Pension Scam?

    .

    .

    .

    .

    We can go on and on.

    Please spare us all your Bull Shit Sir!

    Next Time what we want to hear is

    (1) what are the plans and your opinion towards making Electricity Work in Nigeria (24 Hrs)

    (2) The average Civil Servants cannot afford to pay their Children’s University without indulging in corruption.

    (3) What plan does nigeria have for the Disabled and aged.

    (4)
    Imagine a country so rich as nigeria cannot boast of police helicopters
    to provide security. Even if it is 1 per 5 states sef…..ah ah

    (5) Go to the Government hospital, na die.

    One
    day, Nigerians will wake up from their slumber, and you people will
    take to your heels. if you escape, your children will one day suffer
    your past evil deeds.

  • funso

    After reading this piece, i am left with so much hate and anger at
    the Authur. A person who tasted what it means to have free education and
    free lunch in school. A person who knows what is right and yet because
    of political nonesense status choose to say rubbish. How long are we
    nigerians going to continue to be led by these fools (both past and
    present). Please, you all should go and face your businesses (set up
    with stolen funds).

    Until Nigeria starts to do what is right, this country will never work.

    i
    will ask Fani-Kayode some questions and i expect a sincere reply to
    them. If he cannot convince we Nigerians, then let him forever hold his
    peace.

    1. What has the Federal Government done to prosecute Dimeji Bankole who stole Billions of naira.

    2.
    what happened to those who stole Nigeria’s fund using the fuel subsidy
    scam? They returned the Billions they stole and were patted on the back.

    3. What about the Pension Scam?

    .

    .

    .

    .

    We can go on and on.

    Please spare us all your Bull Shit Sir!

    Next Time what we want to hear is

    (1) what are the plans and your opinion towards making Electricity Work in Nigeria (24 Hrs)

    (2) The average Civil Servants cannot afford to pay their Children’s University without indulging in corruption.

    (3) What plan does nigeria have for the Disabled and aged.

    (4)
    Imagine a country so rich as nigeria cannot boast of police helicopters
    to provide security. Even if it is 1 per 5 states sef…..ah ah

    (5) Go to the Government hospital, na die.

    One
    day, Nigerians will wake up from their slumber, and you people will
    take to your heels. if you escape, your children will one day suffer
    your past evil deeds.

  • Engr. Olumoh S.

    sentiments apart mallm has said the nicked truth not minding the vantage position of his daughters