El-Rufai replies Ben Bruce for asking Buhari to thank Jonathan over train ride


The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has faulted the senator representing Bayelsa East, Ben Murray Bruce, for crediting ex-President Goodluck Jonathan with the rail system in Kaduna.

Newsworth recalls that after inaugurating new rail vehicles for the Kaduna–Abuja train service at Rigasa train station in Kaduna on Thursday, Buhari took a train ride from Rigasa to Kakuri on the outskirts of Kaduna to commission the Inland Dry Port in Kaduna.

In a tweet afterwards, Bruce said Jonathan is responsible for the actualisation of the Kaduna rail project, stressing that the rail system in question was “entirely” Jonathan’s achievement.

“I hope President Muhammadu Buhari remembers to say thank you to former President Goodluck Jonathan for the train ride he enjoyed in Kaduna.

“Some of us haven’t forgotten that that achievement was entirely the handiwork of the Jonathan government.

“Nigeria should give honour to whom honour is due,” the tweet read.

In an apparent reply to Bruce’s tweet, El-Rufai wrote on Friday that the Yar’Adua/Jonathan administration stalled the rail project for two years.

Jonathan was the deputy of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, and completed their tenure following the latter’s demise

The governor maintained that the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo – “which Jonathan was not part of” – initiated and raised funds for the project.

“Wrong distinguished senator! The Obasanjo administration which Jonathan was not part of, designed, raised the financing and started the EPC of the Lagos-Kano dual track-standard gauge rail system, and the Abuja Light Rail.

“Yar’Adua-Jonathan stalled both projects for two years!” El-Rufai wrote on Twitter.

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