There Is Nothing Wrong With Attacking Bill Gate But I Never Attacked Him – El-Rufai
The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday denied attacking American billionaire founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, over his comment on Nigeria’s economic plan and public spending.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of the Kaduna Investment Summit (KADINVEST 3.0) on Thursday, El-Rufai said though, there was nothing wrong in attacking Bill Gate, he never did, but merely put things in proper perspective.
“A few weeks ago, when Microsoft founder Bill Gates came to Nigeria and appealed to the Nigerian government to invest more in education, I made a comment that was reported widely as attacking Bill Gates. It was not an attack on Bill Gates, it merely putting things in context.
“What I told Mr. Gate is that you have identified the problem correctly, but you are looking at the wrong tier of government to handle it.
“The state and local governments have the responsibilities to invest in education and healthcare. So, it is up to state governments to invest more in education and healthcare and I gave an example of what we are doing in Kaduna.
“I also urged my colleagues, the governors to do same. Because, unless the state governments do so, the country will be clapping with one hand.
“That is what I said, but it was misrepresented to mean that I was attacking Bill Gates. There is nothing wrong with attacking Bill Gates, we can differ, but that is not what happened, I merely explained the context, where the investment should be,”
“But, I must add that, Bill Gate is a big partner, he has invested $1.6billion in Nigeria. And a large percentage of that money was invested in Kaduna State. I will not disclose how much, because other states will be envious.” El-Rufai explained.