OBASANJO’S ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF THE CHARACTER OF NASIR EL- RUFAI
Nasir El Rufai’s penchant for reputation savagin is almost pathological… Why does he do it? He is brilliant and smart. I grant him that too. Very early in my interaction with him, I appreciated his talent and brilliance.
At the same time I recognized his weakness. The worst is his inability to be loyal to anybody or any issue consistently for long, but only to Nasir El Rufai.
He barefacedly lied which he did to me severally about his colleagues and so called friends. I have heard about how he ruthlessly savaged the reputation of his uncle, a man who was like in the African setting , his foster father. I shuddered when I heard of what he did to his half brother in the air force who was senior to him. So when Osita Chidoka approached me among others, prodding Nasir as my possible successor, believing that whoever I supported would make it, which was a false belief, did not hesitate to point to Nasir’s naivety and immaturity, talk less of his inability to give honor to whom honor is due.
My vivid recollection of El Rufai is his penchant for lying, for unfair embellishment of stories and his inability to sustain loyalty for long.
Two years after I left office, Osita came to me to confirm how right I was on my assessment and judgement of El Rufai.
…. Nasir was described as a malicious liar…he is more than that. He is a pathological purveyor of half truths and half truths with little and no regard for integrity….
MEMOIR (MY WATCH VOL2)”