Apparently, Mr. El-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, did not expect that being governor of a state as complex and big as Kaduna, also comes with its own peculiar challenges.
Speaking at the recently concluded Ake Arts and Book Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the governor confessed that the stress of seeking ways of creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in Kaduna state, has left him exhausted.
“As a state governor, the challenge for me is what to do to create jobs in Kaduna State”, El-Rufai said. “Eighty-two per cent of the eight million people in Kaduna State are below the age of 35.
My challenge is not whether population grows next year or the year after; it is to get jobs for this young people, otherwise no one will sleep in peace”.
Speaking further, he said “Frankly speaking, five months as governor, I am already tired. I honestly do not think that anyone who wants to do this job seriously can do it for more than four years and not burn out”.
Gov. El-Rufai said when he observes some of his colleagues, some of them are putting on weight and looking nice and it leaves him confused how they manage the stress of governance.