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Why Buhari, Obasanjo are at loggerheads – El-Rufai

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By Toby Prince

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has bared his thoughts over the ongoing tussle between president Muhammadu Buhari and ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The governor was a close ally of Mr Obasanjo, serving as Minister of the FCT during his time as president.

These days, Mr El-Rufai is one of president Buhari’s closest confidant.

Still, the governor doesn’t seem to have a clue about the frequent clashes between the pair.

“Look, the relationship between President Buhari and Obasanjo predates me. They were in the Supreme Military council together in 75,” he began.

“He was his Petroleum minister 76-78. It is very presumptuous for anyone to say that he knows what is between the two of them and can reconcile them.

“So, its not up to me to reconcile anyone, I am not even sure there is anything to reconcile. I know both very well, I worked very closely with President Obasanjo. I was one of his favourite ministers, I must admit. We quarreled a lot.

“Even now we quarrel once in a while. I don’t even know now whether we are quarrelling or we are on good terms. That’s the relationship we have with President Obasanjo, we both enjoy it. We quarrel, we make up, we quarrel, and we make up.

“He understands me to some degree and I understand him, I know what makes him tick and our relation was a working relationship and he got the best out of me and I got the best out of him. The same thing with President Buhari, but I think that the issue between the two of them is best known between the two of them.

“So, it is very difficult for anyone to reconcile and they are not likely to open up to you and tell you what the issue is.

“What I can say based on my knowledge of the two is that the problem between them may have to do with what Obasanjo expects vs what Buhari is willing to do. So, unless if the two of them open up as to what the issues are, you will not be able to even.”

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