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Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai Basic Information
|Stage Name:||El-Rufai/Mr. Demolition|
|Real Name:||Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai|
|Occupation:||Businessman and Politician|
|Date Of Birth/Age:||16 February 1960 (63) Years Old|
|Place of Birth:||Daudawa, Katsina state|
|Net Worth:||$400 Million|
Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai Biography
in Daudawa of the Faskari local government area of Katsina State, Rufai was born on 16 February 1960. Sadly, when El-Rufai was only eight years old, he lost his father. Fortunately, an uncle in Kaduna financed him to attend school. This is why he claims Kaduna state as his state of origin.
He studied at Barewa College in Zaria, where he received the “Barewa Old Boys’ Association Academic Achievement” Trophy for graduating as the top student in 1976. The late former President Umaru Ya’Adua was a renowned student at the school when he attended and served as the house captain of Mallam Smith House, where Nasir resided as a junior.
El-Rufai continued to Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, where he graduated with first-class honors with a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying. El-Rufai also attended Georgetown University and Harvard Business School.
He graduated with second-class honors from the University of London with an LL.B. in August 2008, Upper Division. In June 2009, he earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
In addition, from July 2008 to June 2009, he was an Edward A. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management for 11 months, earning him the Kennedy School Certificate in Public Policy and Management.
El-Rufai established a quantity surveying and project management consulting firm in 1982 with three other partners. They managed several construction and civil engineering projects in Nigeria through the company. Even before entering full-time politics, he was able to make millions of dollars for himself through this business. In addition to his legal practice, El-Rufai worked as a manager for AT&T Network Systems International BV and Motorola Inc., two global telecommunications firms.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar appointed El-Rufai as an economic counselor in 1998 when General Sani Abacha, the military ruler of the state, passed away. He collaborated with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in this capacity.
The military handed up control to President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999. He was named director of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and secretary of the National Council of Privatization in November 1999, roles in which he and vice president Atiku Abubakar oversaw the privatization of major state-owned businesses.
El-Rufai served twice as a Minister in the Federal Ministry of Commerce. Additionally, he served as the head of numerous prominent cabinet committees that helped develop the Nigerian mortgage system, the National ID card system, an improved electricity supply, and the sale of Federal Government property in Abuja.
Towards the end of Olusegun Obasanjo’s presidency, the EFCC Chairman referred to El-Rufai as the “de facto No. 2,” assigning him the responsibilities of a vice president.
From 16 July 2003 to 29 May 2007, El-Rufai was the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja. Because of his propensity for demolishing unlawful structures, he acquired the moniker ‘Mr. Demolition’ during his time in office. He built the Abuja Geographic Information System, the first of its kind in Abuja, within a year of becoming Minister of FCT.
El -Rufai entered self-imposed exile in 2008 and started speaking out against the Umaru Yar’Adua administration. He returned to Nigeria in 2010 and was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He said his comeback was to clear his name of corruption allegations. El-Rufai entered party politics in 2011 by endorsing Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential bid on behalf of the Congress for Progressive Change. 2013 saw the appointment of el-Rufai as the All Progressives Congress’s deputy national secretary (APC).
El-Rufai won the Kaduna State All Progressives Congress gubernatorial primary in 2014 and was chosen as the party’s nominee for the April 2015 governorship election. He then defeated Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, a candidate for the People’s Democratic Party, to win the 2015 governorship election.
On 29 May 2015, El-Rufai took the oath of office as governor of Kaduna State. His government’s notable works include some of the following:
- In September 2015, the Treasury Single Account Policy was adopted.
- The closure of 470 accounts belonging to various state departments and organizations resulted in the recovery of N24.7 billion.
- Kaduna State’s civil service is being reformed.
- Reduction to 13 instead of 19 ministries and 18 instead of 35 permanent secretaries
- The selection of only 12 assistants, ten special advisers, and 13 commissioners for the state
- 1.5 million public school students received one free meal daily through the Office Launch of School Feeding Program, saving N1.2 billion in two months.
- He suspended the public primary and junior secondary schools’ collecting of fees and levies.
The reputable politician uses the Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation to carry out his charitable act (YELF). The organization is named for his daughter, who passed away in London in 2011 while enrolled in a law conversion program. The charity primarily focuses on programs for women’s literacy and creative writing.
According to estimates, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has over $400 million net worth, making him the current richest governor in Nigeria. However, there isn’t a concrete estimation to back up this estimate.
His net worth is determined by the years he has served as the director of the bureau of public enterprises, Kaduna State governor, and the federal capital territory minister.
El-Rufai is married to three women and has five children: Hamza El Rufai, Yasmin El Rufai, Biikisu El-Rufai, Mustapha El-Rufai, and Ahmed El-Rufai.
He is married to Three women Hadiza El-Rufai, Ummi El-Rufai, and Asia El-Rufai.
His kids’ names include Hamza El-Rufai, Yasmin El-Rufai, Bilkisu El-Rufai, Mustapha El-Rufai, Ahmed El-Rufai, and Bashir El-Rufai, Abubakar Al-Siddique el-Rufai, and more. Yasmin, one of his daughters, passed away in 2011. His first wife, Hadiza, and the state government established an NGO in her honor hence the birth of The Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation (YELF).
El-Rufai received his education at Barewa College. President Umaru Yar’Adua served as the house captain of his hostel while a junior at the university. He received the “Barewa Old Boys’ Association Academic Achievement” Trophy for graduating at the top of his class in 1976. El-Rufai graduated from Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria with a bachelor’s degree in quantity surveying and first-class honors.
He graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 1984 from Ahmadu Bello University. Since then, he has participated in several professional and post-graduate courses, such as leadership and privatization, at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown School of Foreign Service. He graduated with a law degree from the University of London in August 2008, and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in June 2009. After spending 11 months as an Edward A. Mason Fellow in Public Policy and Management from July 2008 to June 2009, he also got the Kennedy School Certificate in Public Policy and Management.
Religion & Tribe
He is a staunch Muslim of the Fulani tribe from Faskari LGA of Katsina State.
In 2013, Nasir El-Rufai published a book named “Accidental Public Servant.” El-Rufai calls on a new generation of leaders to save Nigeria from impending devastation as he discusses the public sector in Nigeria, the numerous difficulties the nation faces, and what can be done.
Another book, “These Times.” was also released by the scholar.