Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai is a Nigerian politician who is the incumbent Governor of Kaduna State and former Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises, the head privatisation agency in Nigeria and also the former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja from 16 July 2003 to 29 May 2007. He is a member of All Progressives Congress (APC) and elected as the Executive Governor of Kaduna State during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria.
Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai was born on February 16, 1960 in Daudawa of Faskari Local Government Area in Katsina State. His father who lived on a pension of three pounds a month died while the young Nasir was barely 8. He was sponsored throughout his schooling days by an uncle in Kaduna, and as a result grew up in the influential Northern state of Nigeria.
El-Rufai attended the prestigious Barewa College, where he graduated at the top of the class, winning the coveted “Barewa Old Boys’ Association Academic Achievement” Trophy in 1976.
He went off to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, earning a Bachelor in Quantity Surveying degree with First Class Honors. He also attended post-graduate programs at Harvard Business School and Georgetown University.
Since leaving public service, Nasir has completed an LL.B degree from the University of London, graduating in August 2008 with Second Class Honors, Upper Division, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in June 2009. Governor El-Rufai is a practicing Muslim who has three wives, Ummi, Hadiza and Asia. He is blessed with five children.
He established and ran what became a successful consulting practice, El-Rufai & Partners, between 1982 and 1998. He also held management positions with two international telecommunications companies, AT & T Network Systems International BV and Motorola, Inc.
He served as the director general of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) and the secretary of the National Council of Privatisation where he spearheaded the privatisation of many government owned companies.
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Mallam Nasir El-Rufai was appointed Minister of the Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007. In 2005, he was conferred D.Sc (honoris causa) by the University of Abuja, Nigeria. By September 2007, the administration of late President, Umaru Yar’adua had appointed him to the National Energy Council; a post he resigned from in June 2008.
In May 2015, he contested in the gubernatorial election under the membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and emerged winner, hence Governor of Kaduna State.
Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai’s net worth is estimated at $400 million.