Former Governor El-Rufai Stresses Merit-Based Leadership as Key to Nigeria’s Progress

Former Governor El-Rufai Stresses Merit-Based Leadership as Key to Nigeria’s Progress

…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media. In a recent event honoring Professor Ishaq Akintola’s retirement, former Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, emphasized the importance of leadership based on merit rather than entitlement.


He commended the administration led by Tinubu, stating that their decisions are steering Nigeria towards progress.

Leadership Grounded in Merit:

El-Rufai highlighted the significance of departing from the outdated notion of leadership tied to ethnic and religious backgrounds.

He emphasized that the present administration’s proactive approach has debunked the skepticism of those who doubted the efficacy of a faith-based ticket.


The swift and positive changes brought about by the current leadership demonstrate that merit should be the primary criterion for assuming positions of power.

Minimizing Ethnic and Religious Divisions:

El-Rufai urged society to move away from divisive ethnic and religious perspectives when it comes to national leadership.

He emphasized the need to create a society where no individual faces discrimination based on their ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation.

As members of the two major religious groups in Nigeria, El-Rufai called on individuals occupying public positions to embody the fundamental principles of leadership inherent in both Christianity and Islam.

Misalignment with Religious Teachings:

The former governor acknowledged that both religions advocate for good leadership.


However, he lamented that certain individuals deviate from the teachings and scriptures, acting in a manner contradictory to the principles outlined by Christianity and Islam.


Nasir El-Rufai’s remarks underscore the importance of merit-based leadership in Nigeria.

By transcending ethnic and religious divisions, the nation can build a more inclusive and equitable society.

Leaders in public positions should adhere to the principles of good leadership advocated by both Christianity and Islam.


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