Book Launch: The Accidental Public Servant by Nasir El-Rufai

2013 February 7


Today we held a very special launch event for my new book, The Accidental Public Servant, at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, featuring the participation of many distinguished guests, including Governor Raji Fashola, Dr. Chidi Odinkalu of the National Human Rights Commission, General Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Pastor Tunde Bakare.

We plan to hold book signing tours round the country beginning with Lagos within the next two weeks by God’s Grace. The programme will be announced shortly.

We have set up a website for the book which will provide updates, videos, audio recordings, additional documents and data that we could not include in the book which is nearly 700 pages in total length.

I have been assured that the book will be freely available in many bookshops in Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan and other cities from 12 noon today by God’s Grace.

It is also available for purchase as an e-book or hard copy on Just click here to order or via the Amazon US website.

I thank you all for your interest in the book and may God Bless our country and make our success yesterday at AFCON a turning point in our national fortunes for the better.

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  1. Nathan Dickson Ebimowei permalink
    February 7, 2013

    It is so unfortunate that same former leaders who ordinarily ought not to attend public function for shame of their past misdeeds parade themselves as patriots just because Nigerians have short memory of past event.
    EL Rufai should hid his head in shame. He and all his cohorts are known to us. Their desperate bid to secure power at all cost not for the love of Nigeria but for selfishness is also known.

  2. Abideen permalink
    February 8, 2013

    Congratulations Mallam Nasir!
    I cant wait to lay my hands on your latest book.
    I cannot understand all hue and cry about your style on knocking the nail on the head.
    The hypocrites enjoyed reading about such bold facts on public service from another clime (USA, Britain etc) but not about their country. Its a shame!
    As for those who are refuting your claim, let them write theirs.

  3. Ibrahim permalink
    February 8, 2013

    I am already half-way through your book and will like to commend you for the good work done in capturing some of the important events of those times. I agree with you on the luck Nigeria had with debt cancellation as you say that we had the luck of having that core of reformists in the Government and the good oil prices at that time. Also we were lucky that at the time there was a general worldwide effort towards debt relief for LDCs. We couldn’t have made it without these three legs of the tripod.

    I also agree with you about Oby Ezekwesili being one of the most honest person around. I worked with her and a number of those people in government at the time and will corroborate that this woman is about the most anti-corrupt and honest person that I have met either in Government or in private sector.

  4. Dalhat Hassan Dalhat permalink
    February 9, 2013

    Mallam El-Rufai, you have said it all. What a thoughtful decision. Glad to hear the naked truth from you.

  5. asipita muluku permalink
    February 10, 2013

    El Rufai is obviously in the eye of a brewing revolutn. A.P.C members seem to b at home with this book but PDP members led by Atiku are rebuking the book and raising questions of is critical to nation building that men inspite of their shortcomings in the publics glare are bold enough to shed light on their actions and that of others and leave judgement to history and prosterity. Bravo to the controvertial El Rufai and his courageous book

  6. kaka robertson permalink
    February 11, 2013

    Please help, when will the book reach ibadan.

  7. chinwe permalink
    February 17, 2013

    I quiet frankly dont understand most people that pass themselves off as journalist,political commentators or whatever name they pass themselves off as. I have read a lot of their comments on twitters and newspapers on the memoir of the ex-minister and I ask myself,what do we really want? As a nation and as individuals,what exactly do we want from our leaders? It will help us immensely as a citizen if we can in all sincerity answer the above question.
    My reason is quiet simple,it will help us focus on what is important. We scream and pontificate on how corrupt our leaders are without facts to back up our claims. but once somebody (either in the govt or out of it) brings to fore such facts or @ least a hint to the fact, then they are labelled attention seekers,backbiters,egomaniac, yesterdays men/ women etc. That someone served under a particular leader does not mean that s/he has to agree 100% with the leadership. Thats what makes us human. Our ability to work together and still retain our individuality makes us better diplomat!
    Which brings me to the reason for this whole essay, mallam El Rufai. Here is a man many acknowlegde as intelligent,confident,outspoken and an expert in his choosen profession. Yet they vilify him for the very trait that they praise him for! Called him names because he dared to mention the activities of those that think that our country belongs to them, their families and friends. He dared to let nigerians know how this “cabal” carve up and share their country,how we are played like a game of chess,our voices silenced by those that think themselves too rarified to bother with the masses. He dared to disagree n let us knw so posterity wont judge him. But of cause they (the pundits) defame him; they wanted decorum,finesse and the “right people” to deal with them (the untouchables). What a joke! Who’s the “right people”? EFCC? ICPC? Oh yes,our eagle eyes saw but our powerful claws were bound, and for years they strut around,the untouchables. Then he dared to speak out, and our seasoned writers dusted their dictionaries and words flew “prostitute”, malacious, egomaniac etc. Simply because he wanted the masses to be informed.

  8. Bello Sada permalink
    March 2, 2013

    Nasiru,in the book you wrote why you exclude the matter of plots allocation concerning you and your family.Remember Nasair,we know your political ambition since 2007 when you where silently defeated by late Malam Umaru Musa Yar adua in the hands of OBJ,yet no any prestage more you have in our eyes and dont trust you more.Malam Umaru died as hero.

  9. Mercy Peters permalink
    March 5, 2013

    Mr Bello Sadam Please invest the money Goodluck paid you to write such crap in an English teacher. It would be well worth the investment

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  11. March 17, 2013

    Chinwe iwu ewu ! Meanwhile, Quiet does not mean the same as Quite. I had trouble understanding you at first. And based on your long comment, please do some proper research first before commenting on a public blog next time.

  12. Wale Oliver permalink
    March 24, 2013

    The book is very intressting it shows what power,ignorance,impunity &poverty does to a society.
    What I missed most in TAPS is total ommision of the National ID card issue.
    I don’t agree with Mallam on level of success of the Obj second term.
    The 1st was the best.(when the president was less politicised).
    I still believe that our greed won’t allow creation of alternative to PDP.
    When would each state start working on self dependence(that is surviving without the FG handout)?
    You are one of the few Nigerian like Awo that sat down & put his research to public domain.
    But we always prefer accidental ruler not even leaders.

  13. Isiaka olawale kabiru permalink
    April 1, 2013

    where can we get you book sir Accidental public servant

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