Tanimu Yakubu, Yar'Adua's Cabal Resurfaces In Buhari's Economic Team

Source: pointblanknews.com

Tanimu Yakubu Kurfi, former chief economic adviser to late President Umaru

Musa Yar'Adua, is facing serious opposition over his imminent membership

of the policy think-tank of Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of

the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Since TheCable reported that the economics graduate of Wagner College, New

York, US, was tipped to head the economic policy directorate of the Buhari

Campaign Organisation, the former head of state and senior APC chieftains

have been inundated with calls by concerned Nigerians who kicked against

Kurfi's membership. An APC official who spoke with TheCable said it is

going to send the wrong signals if Kurfi plays any major role in the

Buhari team.
“I am aware that many well-meaning Nigerians have been expressing worries

over Yakubu. Buhari has not told any of us categorically that Yakubu is

his choice to head the team. He is already aware of the possible

repercussion,” the official said. The head of the policy think-tank is

expected to end up holding a major position in government if Buhari wins

the presidential election next year.
Membership of the committee has not been officially announced but TheCable

reported that two former commissioners in Lagos state, Wale Edun and Yemi

Cardoso, have been nominated by Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos and

national leader of APC. It is also said that Rotimi Amaechi, the governor

of Rivers state who is the director-general of the campaign organisation,

is not aware of the nominations.
A commissioner from the state told TheCable that Amaechi has his own list

of credible and knowledgeable Nigerians who can work with Buhari to

produce an economic blueprint. “His input will certainly be sought. He has

his own candidates.
The only fair conclusion is that the team is still being put together, but

of course General Buhari will have the final say,” he said. Kurfi, who is

from Katsina state like Buhari and has been close to the retired major

general for decades, is not in the good books of many because of his role

in the Yar'Adua government. Seen as the most powerful political appointee

of Yar'Adua, he was held responsible for the stalling of many projects

initiated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo allegedly because of

personal interest.
He was said to have stalled the execution of power projects, Kano-Lagos

rail modernisation and the renewal of oil mining licences of multinational

oil companies. Kurfi was also said to have shot down several bills on

privatisation sent to Yar'Adua by the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE),

and was even held responsible for the reversal of the sale of Warri and

Kaduna refineries to a company owned by Aliko Dangote and Femi Otedola.

In an American embassy cable leaked by whistle-blowing Wikileaks, Sanusi

Lamido Sanusi, former governor of the central bank, allegedly described

Yakubu as a “terrible economist”.
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