Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, on May 9, Saturday, visited Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna state governor-elect, to congratulate the politician.
The former Central Bank of Nigeria governor reportedly praised Kaduna people for choosing “a competent and capable governor who will provide sound leadership”.
According to Premium Times, it was provided in a statement released through Sanusi’s spokesman Samuel Aruwan.
The Emir also urged the people of the state to pray for the incoming governor who according to him is capable of providing good governance and strong leadership.
The Punch made the statement text public:
“The Emir expressed his confidence that el-Rufai will provide strong leadership good governance and unite the diverse peoples and faith communities of Kaduna State.
“Sanusi further charged El-Rufai to focus on responsive and dedicated leadership and never to lose his connection with the people.
“The Emir, who recalled his decades of friendship with el-Rufai, said he is delighted ‘that Nigerians with such ability and experience are stepping forward to offer themselves for leadership’.
“Sanusi prayed that God would grant el-Rufai a successful tenure and bless the people of Kaduna state.”
The governor-elect, on his part, promised not disappoint Kaduna people.
“I am grateful and humbled by your visit and prayers, I promise the people of Kaduna that I will not disappoint them. I will govern with fear of Almighty God and will unite our diverse people towards attaining real development.
“Our doors are open to all segments of our society. We will be a listening government and conscious of common good and to the glory of Almighty God. I will not let our citizens down by the grace of God.”
Recall that El-Rufai could not hide his emotions upon receiving the certificate of return from the INEC, after having secured victory in the Kaduna state gubernatorial election on April 11, 2015. In his acceptance speech the governor-elect reaffirmed his commitment to do his best to restore Kaduna to a state that works for its people.