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El-Rufai Cannot Be Jonathan’s Running Mate – Reno Omokri
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El-Rufai Cannot Be Jonathan’s Running Mate – Reno Omokri

A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, says Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, can’t run as Jonathan’s mate in the 2023 presidential election. Omokri, however, said his former principal has no intention to run for president in 2023. He also said Jonathan has no plan to dump the People Democratic Party for the All Progressives Congress. Omokri spoke on Wednesday while featuring on a PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable. There have been political permutations and re-alignments amongst members of the PDP and the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections. There were also reports that El-Rufai, who would end his second term as Kaduna State governor in 2023, would be running with Jonathan but Omokri dismissed the report. Jonathan, of the PDP, ...
We need to support our security agencies with superior weapons and not with prayers – El-Rufai
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We need to support our security agencies with superior weapons and not with prayers – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has stated that Nigerian security agencies need to be supported with superior weapons and not with prayers.   The Kaduna state Governor said this at a town hall meeting organised by the national security adviser, which had governors from the north-west region and traditional rulers in attendance.   El-Rufai who noted that security should be the number one priority of the government and collective responsibility of all citizens, decried the attacks carried out on miltary men by bandits.   He said;   “This town hall meeting is not complete without other stakeholders because of the short notice. So, we agreed that this north-west be reconvened in the next two weeks. The date will be announced by the NSA and COAS. “Bandit...
APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR
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APC Plans To Pair Jonathan With El-Rufai For 2023 Presidential Ticket – SR

The All Progressives Congress is considering giving a joint ticket to former President Goodluck Jonathan and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, for the 2023 presidential election. Top sources within the party told SaharaReporters that Jonathan is being considered as a strong voice in the southern region, while El-Rufai is being packaged to represent northern interests and later become the president when the presidency is again zoned to the North. "There are plans already to pair El-Rufai with Jonathan for 2023. We believe both forces are strong and have goodwill in their regions and are good for the party," one of the sources confirmed to SaharaReporters. It was learnt that there had been pressure on Jonathan, to defect to the All Progressives Congress and run for presiden...
SERAP Asks Buhari To Stop Governors From Borrowing ₦17Trn From Pension Funds
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SERAP Asks Buhari To Stop Governors From Borrowing ₦17Trn From Pension Funds

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has sent an open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari urging him to use his “good offices and leadership position to urgently instruct the Director-General and Board of the National Pension Commission [NPC] to use their statutory powers to stop the 36 state governors from borrowing and/or withdrawing N17 trillion from the pension funds purportedly for ‘infrastructural development.’” The governors last week reportedly proposed to borrow around N17 trillion from the pension funds after receiving a briefing from the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who is the Chairman of the National Economic Council Ad Hoc Committee on Leveraging Portion of Accumulated Pension Funds for Investment in the Nigeria Sovereign Investment...
“We are called chief security officers only in name” – El-Rufai speaks on killings and insecurity
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“We are called chief security officers only in name” – El-Rufai speaks on killings and insecurity

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commented on the widespread killings and insecurity witnessed across the country.   In an interview on Channels Television on Monday November 30, the Kaduna state Governor disclosed that he and other Governors are frustrated with the current security architecture.   El-Rufai who noted that the governors are only called chief security officers in name, stated that they have no control over the police. He also disclosed that he doesn't have a say in who gets posted to his state as Commissioner of Police, and those appointed can also flag his directive or get it cleared by the Inspector-General of police before carrying it out.   Watch the video below.....   View this post on Instagram ...
Policemen Who Should Be Fighting Bandits Carry Bags Of VIP Wives – El-Rufai
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Policemen Who Should Be Fighting Bandits Carry Bags Of VIP Wives – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has lamented that a sizeable number of officers of the Nigeria Police Force who should be fighting criminal elements in the country are involved in non-police duties like carrying the bags of the wives of Very Important Personalities. El-Rufai said he is frustrated over the killings in his state, adding that the situation at hand has overwhelmed the police. He urged the National Assembly to see to the amendment of the Nigerian Constitution to give states control of the police. The governor argued that the state governments are presently responsible for the day-to-day operational cost of the police, insisting that the states have the capacity to run the police. El-Rufai spoke on Monday night while featuring on Channels Television’s Poli...
El-Rufai Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says He Nearly Shed Tears Seeing Burnt Sites
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El-Rufai Visits Sanwo-Olu, Says He Nearly Shed Tears Seeing Burnt Sites

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday, visited his Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to sympathise with him over the recent loss of lives and properties in Nigeria’s economic capital. Rampaging hoodlums had hijacked the #EndSARS protests against police brutality to wreak havoc in Lagos last month. El-Rufai said Sanwo-Olu did all that needed to be done to prevent the demonstrations from degenerating to violence but those who thrive in violence infiltrated the protests to achieve their agenda. According to a statement by Sanwo-Olu’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, the Kaduna State governor said he nearly shed tears seeing photos of burnt and looted sites in Lagos. The statement was titled, ‘El-Rufai: Youths Who Destroyed Public Assets In Lagos ...
The Insecurity In Kaduna Is Bad And Life Has No Value – Aisha Yesufu Calls Out Governor El-Rufai
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The Insecurity In Kaduna Is Bad And Life Has No Value – Aisha Yesufu Calls Out Governor El-Rufai

Bring Back Our Girls co-convener and #EndSARS protest frontliner, Aisha Yesufu has blasted Governor El-Rufai over insecurity in Kaduna state. Reacting to a tweet in which a lady notified the Kaduna state Governor of the abduction of brothers who went to deliver a ransom to kidnappers who abducted their sisters which includes a pregnant woman, Aisha Yesufu noted that the insecurity in Kaduna is bad and life has no value. She also called on Northern Governors to focus on the poverty, illiteracy, insecurity, kidnapping killings and street kids in the North, and not social media censorship. The activist tweeted; "This should make us all call out @GovKaduna & @elrufai that has failed its people. The insecurity in Kaduna is bad and life has no value yet people are more concerned ...
There is no excuse to destroy or kill policemen, even though there may be some bad eggs in the police– Governor El-Rufai
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There is no excuse to destroy or kill policemen, even though there may be some bad eggs in the police– Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has decried the killing of policemen following the violence that erupted during the hijacked #EndSARS protest. The Kaduna state Governor who said this after the meeting of the Northern Governors Forum and traditional rulers as well as other key stakeholders in the region on Monday November 2, avered that the police must be supported to discharge their duties. El-Rufai further disclosed that they have agreed on community policing that will transmute into state police when the constitution is amended. He said;   “We support the police, we believe that there may be some bad eggs in the police just as there are bad eggs in any organisation, but it is no excuse to destroy or kill policemen. “We hope to expand the footprints and the effectiveness ...
“APC Was Going To Win, I Don’t Know What Happened” – El-Rufai On Edo Election
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“APC Was Going To Win, I Don’t Know What Happened” – El-Rufai On Edo Election

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Monday suggested he was surprised at the loss of the All Progressive Congress in the recently concluded Edo State Governorship Election. The Governor said three weeks to the election, polls indicated that the APC was set to win. However, on Sunday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared incumbent Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner of the election and Governor of the state for the next four years. “We would have loved to win,” El-Rufai said, during an interview on Sunrise Daily. “Quite frankly I was optimistic. “Up to three weeks ago, the polls indicated that we were going to win. I don’t know what happened in the last two, three weeks of the campaign. “As you know, a large num...
Gov El Rufai To Compete In Kaduna Marathon
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Gov El Rufai To Compete In Kaduna Marathon

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el Rufai, has registered to compete in the maiden Kaduna Marathon holding on November 21, 2020. He also called on all indigenes of the state, both old and young, to be involved in the marathon. El Rufai, who spoke in Kaduna, yesterday, said, “as 80 years old participate regularly in international marathons, Kaduna should not be different.” The governor, who filled his registration form for the Kaduna marathon, also hinted that he would build stadium in different parts of the state to discover more talents. He stated that the state half marathon would, among other things, reposition the Kaduna as the number one sports state in the north. He assured that they would adhere strictly to COVID-19 protocols during the race, saying; “I am a graduate of Coron...
Online Petition For EU, UK Travel Ban On El-Rufai Nears 25,000 Signatures Target
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Online Petition For EU, UK Travel Ban On El-Rufai Nears 25,000 Signatures Target

An online petition calling on the United Kingdom and the European Union to place a travel ban on Kaduna State governor Nasir El-rufai has passed 22,000 signatures of the targetted 25,000 signatures. The petition on change.org seeks the UK and UN action against El-rufai for allegedly promoting genocide and religious and political intolerance. “Nasir El-Rufai is a threat to the peace and security of Nigeria for many reasons,” Reno Omokri, a former Presidential aide, who started the petition said. “There has been an intense escalation of the killings of mostly Christians in Kaduna, and on August 25, 2020, suspected herdsmen abducted seven schoolchildren and their teacher from Prince Academy, in Kaduna. They have not been seen or heard of since then,” Omokri said. The petition ...
‘Ban El-Rufai’ – Reno Omokri Petitions EU, UK As 11,000 Sign Petition
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‘Ban El-Rufai’ – Reno Omokri Petitions EU, UK As 11,000 Sign Petition

More than 11,000 persons have signed a petition requesting the United Kingdom and the European Union to place visa restrictions on Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai. The governor is reportedly among those on the list of Nigerians banned recently by the US for stoking violence during the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship polls. The petition initiated by a former presidential aide Reno Omokri on Tuesday was addressed to the UK Parliament, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Council of the European Union and the European Parliament. We can confirm that more than 11,000 have signed the petition as of 4pm Wednesday. Mr Omokri accused El-Rufai of being a threat to the peace and security of Nigeria for many reasons. According to him, on December 3, 2016, the governor admitted that he...
Kaduna State To Hold Maiden International Marathon Race
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Kaduna State To Hold Maiden International Marathon Race

Kaduna State would hold her first maiden marathon in November this year as disclosed yesterday in stakeholders’ meeting by the chairman on the committee for competition, Jimi Lawal. Lawal, who is the Senior Adviser and Counselor to Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai said the marathon is in furtherance of the Governor’s commitment to revive and develop sports in the state . “The race is strictly a community affair and it requires the active involvement of the stakeholders “said Lawal, as he seeks the commitment of all stakeholders for a hitch free marathon. The race according to report is expected to host no fewer than one hundred thousand participants, which includes m youth mostly from higher educational institutions while other senior citizens are expected to ...
El-Rufai Should Be President For 4 Years – Deji Adeyanju
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El-Rufai Should Be President For 4 Years – Deji Adeyanju

Human rights activist, Comrade Deji Adeyanju has revealed why he want kaduna State Governor Nasir El-rufai, to be Nigeria's President for 4years. he wrote in a tweet on monday night: I will like El-rufai to be President for just 4years so that many of you can enter prison like us and feel what we feel. He will build prison in every LGA. If you dare ask him why he is short, you will enter prison.  
Malami Has No Power To Grant Approval To Northern Lawyers ‘new NBA’ – Sagay
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Malami Has No Power To Grant Approval To Northern Lawyers ‘new NBA’ – Sagay

Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN),Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) has said Abubakar Malami, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice has no powers to grant approval to the formation of a parallel body of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) known as ‘New NBA’. The breakaway group, was formed following the controversy created by the dis-invitation of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai by the NBA as speaker at its just concluded Annual General Meeting (AGM). In a statement by two lawyers, Nuhu Ibrahim (Convener 1) and Abdulbasit Suleiman (Convener 2), explained that the formation of the ‘New NBA’ was aimed at protecting their interests as enshrined under Section 40 of the constitution. They also said they have notified Malami of the existence of the ...
Boko Haram Can Invite El-Rufai To Their AGM – Yinka Odumakin
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Boko Haram Can Invite El-Rufai To Their AGM – Yinka Odumakin

Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere has hailed the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) for withdrawing the invitation of Governor Nasir El- Rufai of Kaduna state as one of the speakers at its forthcoming 2020 Annual General Meeting. Odumakin in his latest article titled ‘ El- Rufai and The Wages Of Sin’ said like the NBA, no decent Nigerian should give El-Rufai any platform to speak to Nigerians. He wrote “The NBA has continued what I advocated that Nigerians to continue to do when the late Kashamu peers wanted to shut former President Olusegun Obasanjo up for grafting the proper epithet for the late serial fraud. Boko Haram can invite El-Rufai for their session but let no decent Nigerians give him their platforms”. El-Rufai was one of the f...
Sanusi Visits El-rufai, Appreciates Him For Being A True Friend (Video)
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Sanusi Visits El-rufai, Appreciates Him For Being A True Friend (Video)

Former Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has said Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state was the first person to show up whenever he was in need of friends and the whole world knows. The former Emir who made this known when he paid a courtesy call on the governor at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Sunday, explained that he had decided that el-Rufai will be the first person he will visit when he steps out of Lagos. Sanusi II said that he was in the Government House Kaduna, to thank Governor El-Rufai for his friendship, his service to the state and the country at large. The former monarch also expressed appreciation on his appointment as Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU) and Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna Invest Promotion Agency (KADIPA). ...
NBA Conference: Sanusi Reacts To El-rufai’s Dis-invitation As Speaker
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NBA Conference: Sanusi Reacts To El-rufai’s Dis-invitation As Speaker

Former Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi, has condemmed Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) for withdrawing invitation sent to Kaduna State governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai, to be one of the speakers during it forthcoming conference. Governor el-Rufai was reported dropped, by the association as one of its speakers, following a protest by some lawyers. Sanusi who made this disclosure while speaking with reporters, shortly after meeting with el-rufai at government house, Kaduna, on Sunday, said, rather than withdraw el-Rufai’s invitation, the lawyers should have rubbed minds with him to identify areas that need to be addressed for the purpose of governance. “If you feel that the governor of Kaduna state is not doing well, you should invite him to your conference and ask him, and let him expla...
El-rufai: 100 Muslim Kaduna Lawyers Threaten To Boycott NBA Conference
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El-rufai: 100 Muslim Kaduna Lawyers Threaten To Boycott NBA Conference

No fewer than 105 Muslims lawyers in Kaduna have indicated their intention to boycott the proposed Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) conference following the withdrawal of the invitation earlier given to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State. This development was disclosed by an executive member of the Muslim Lawyers Council (MULAC), Kaduna State, Barrister Suleiman Shuaib while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday Shuaib who was the immediate past state chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) said: “We have gathered over 105 signatures of our members who said they don’t have anything to do with the conference. “I want to put it on record, that so far no fewer than 105 lawyers that we collected their signatures under MULAC would be boycotting. Yes, we are expecting...
Redirect Your Useless Invitation To Wike, Fayose – El-Rufai’s Son Tells NBA
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Redirect Your Useless Invitation To Wike, Fayose – El-Rufai’s Son Tells NBA

Bashir El-rufai, son of Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai, has told the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to re-direct its invitation for the 2020 Annual General Conference to opposition politicians. The body of legal practitioners in the country had invited the Kaduna helmsman to the event as a speaker but the invitation was greeted with criticism, mostly from Nigerians on social media. A petition seeking his disengagement was also forwarded to the association. The development forced the NBA to withdraw the invitation extended to the governor who then described it as unfair. “For an association, whose bread and butter is about justice to make a ruling based on the stridency of people who lampoon judicial processes against certain individuals without hearing the other side i...
I’m The Governor Of The State; If I’m Not Abused, Who Will Be Abused? – El-Rufai
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I’m The Governor Of The State; If I’m Not Abused, Who Will Be Abused? – El-Rufai

In this revealing interview on channels television, Governor El-Rufai bares it all with claims that he is on the bad side of some powerful Kaduna Indigenes because it is no longer Business as usual in the state. When asked how he is dealing with the notion of people who think he has taken side? He said it is because he is promoting peace and peaceful co-existence among the ethnic groups. The governor claims some unknown persons are using the crisis in the state to garner wealth for themselves while promising that the long arm of the law will soon catch up with such people once the security arms have enough evidence against them https://youtu.be/EjllDn7bwJ0
No Going Back On Support For Southern Presidency In 2023 – El-Rufai
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No Going Back On Support For Southern Presidency In 2023 – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Sunday said there is no going back on his support that the 2023 presidency should shifts to Southern part of Nigeria. El-Rufai, who spoke on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said based on arrangement, after President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidency should shift to the South. According to him, even the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, had that arrangement of power rotation, which was why after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, late Umaru Yar’Adua came to power. He said he did not say he would not support a northern or southern candidate, but that it is just a fact that power had to shift to the south in 2023, even though there was no such power sharing in the APC’s constitution. “After Buhari, what is honourable is for the northern po...
Zoning: El-Rufai Backs South, Says No Northerner Should Contest In 2023
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Zoning: El-Rufai Backs South, Says No Northerner Should Contest In 2023

Amid controversy over the propriety of rotational presidency between North and South, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said no northerner should contest for the presidency in 2023. El-Rufai expressed his personal opinion on what has become a divisive subject, dismissing insinuations that he was interested in the race.The governor, who made the statement in an interview with BBC Hausa Service, had also made a similar remark last year. His latest statement came on the heels of Alhaji Mamman Daura’s assertion that merit should determine who becomes President instead of zoning. Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew aired his views also in an interview with BBC Hausa Service. El-Rufai said: “In Nigerian politics, there is a system of rotation, in which everyone ag...
Government Officials Are More Likely To Suffer Mental Issues – Gov. El-Rufai
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Government Officials Are More Likely To Suffer Mental Issues – Gov. El-Rufai

Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that Nigerian government appointees are more likely to suffer mental issues after or during political appointments. El-Rufai, a former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) made the disclosure at an interview with Funmi Iyanda on Public Eye Live. “I think Government officials are more likely to suffer mental issues after and sometimes, during the office than other people….,” El-Rufai said. “Because they are under greater pressure and they are more likely to face all the evil sides of human nature, like betrayals, double-crossing, and so on… That is why you see that many people when they leave office, just collapse literally.” El-Rufai, during the interview, gave insights on many topics relating to governance, Kaduna’s ...
El-Rufai Lifts Lockdown In Kaduna State
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El-Rufai Lifts Lockdown In Kaduna State

My dear people of Kaduna State, I am pleased to proclaim that under the powers vested in me by Section 45 of the Constitution, the Quarantine Act, the Public Health Law f Kaduna State and the Infectious Diseases Regulation issued pursuant to these, the State Government hereby makes the following announcements as Quarantine Order No. 2 of 2020: A. As from tomorrow, Wednesday, 10 June 2020, the Quarantine Order is amended to permit a significant reopening of the state. B. Subject to compliance with safe reopening protocols, the following measures will be in place in the first instance until 30th June 2020, subject to amendment, extension or renewal: i. Restriction of intra-state movement is lifted, subject to a night-time curfew of 8pm to 5am. ii. Businesses can reopen, subje...
El-Rufai Congratulates Aregbesola At 63 Says, Tinubu Is Not My Man
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El-Rufai Congratulates Aregbesola At 63 Says, Tinubu Is Not My Man

In a fresh twist to the silent row between the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Kaduna governor has said Tinubu is not his man. Speaking at a webinar in commemoration of the 63rd birthday of the Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, on Saturday, El-Rufai, noted that Aregbesola remained his man any day but that Tinubu was not his man. This, he said, was due to the differences between him and the former Lagos governor. The webinar was tagged, ‘Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola Colloquium 2020,’ with the theme, ‘Government Unusual: Innovative economic solutions to unlock mass prosperity,’ and was moderated by Boason Omofaye. El-Rufai’s statement came as a subtl...
Kaduna State Government Announces Penalty For Parents Who Enrolls Their Kids Into Almajiri
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Kaduna State Government Announces Penalty For Parents Who Enrolls Their Kids Into Almajiri

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Monday has declared that parents who enrol their children into the Almajiri education system risk prosecution and up to two-year jail term. This declaration was made by the Governor when he visited about 200 Almajiri repatriated from Nasarawa state undergoing rehabilitation at the Government college, Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna. The Almajirai are children, usually from poor rural backgrounds, who leave their hometowns to be taught the Quran, but end up loitering the streets with bowls begging for alms and food. Speaking at the rehabilitation center, the Governor said any Islamic cleric who enrols any child into the Almajiri system would also be prosecuted, jailed and fined N100,000 or N200,000 per child. According to El-Rufai, the state has...
Northern Governors Ready To Confront Anyone Opposed To Ending Almajiri – El-Rufai
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Northern Governors Ready To Confront Anyone Opposed To Ending Almajiri – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Wednesday said the 19 Northern governors in the country have collectively agreed on putting an end to the Almajiri system in the country and are ready to face anyone who dares to stand on their path in realising this objective. Speaking on Channels Television programme ‘Politics Today’, El-Rufai said the almajiri culture system is archaic and has led to any positive result both for the Northern region and Nigeria as a whole. According to him, though the northern governors have been looking for a way to end the menace, the COVID-19 pandemic has given them the golden opportunity to make it a reality as the system has become a scourge which is capable of mortgaging the future of youths and creating problems for modern generation. “What the...
Kaduna Cuts Public Servants Salary By 25% To Fund Support Packages
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Kaduna Cuts Public Servants Salary By 25% To Fund Support Packages

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Sunday announced that the state public servants earning, at least, N67, 000 will have 25 per cent of their salaries ‘donated’ to the state’s purse until the end of the quarantine period. Kaduna is one of the Nigerian states that have confirmed cases of coronavirus. The state put in place a quarantine order to curtail the spread of the virus which has killed over 203, 000 persons worldwide. El-Rufai himself only recovered from the viral infection a few days ago. The state government did not say if the ‘donation’ was made voluntarily by affected civil servants. “Career public servants earning a net pay of N67,000 and above after tax will also donate 25% of their pay monthly whilst the quarantine conditions are in place,” El-Rufai’s medi...
Kaduna State Government Extends Quarantine By 30 Days
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Kaduna State Government Extends Quarantine By 30 Days

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has extended the quarantine orders being enforced in the state for another 30 days. The governor’s decision follows a recommendation to that effect by the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, which is chaired by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe. This is effective from today, 26th April 2020. With Covid-19 cases rising rapidly in neighbouring states and the FCT, and with strong evidence of interstate travel being a major means of spreading the virus, the Standing Committee’s evaluation is that measures to protect Kaduna State residents require further strengthening and more vigorous enforcement. Malam Nasir El-Rufai has endorsed this evaluation and has accordingly reviewed the Quarantine Orders to strengthen the provisions against unau...
El-Rufai Recovers, Tests Negative To Coronavirus
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El-Rufai Recovers, Tests Negative To Coronavirus

I thank Almighty Allah for His grace and mercy. I also acknowledge with gratitude the massive outpouring of sympathy, prayers and public support that followed the disclosure of the infection. My family not only went through the trauma of potentially losing a member, but also the risk of being infected as well. The entire family has been supportive as usual, while my many friends and colleagues from all over the world have sent their prayers and best wishes. I wish to thank the diligent medical personnel of our Ministry of Health and the Barau Dikko Teaching Hospital who managed my case for their dedicated and professional care. It was cheering to see the determined efforts of our Covid-19 Task Force chaired by the Deputy Governor, the officials of our Ministry of Health ably l...
I Have Not Shaved Since I Went Into Isolation So That I Will Have A New Covid-19 Look To Remember When This Pandemic Passes – El-Rufai
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I Have Not Shaved Since I Went Into Isolation So That I Will Have A New Covid-19 Look To Remember When This Pandemic Passes – El-Rufai

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai speak from isolation center were he is receiving treatment for covid-19. The Governor who share unshaved picture of himself said that he have not shave since he go into isolation for the past 3 week now when he was confirmed positive to coronavirus. In his statement, he said, the aim of sharing the picture is to counter rumour making round that he has been moved to Lagos for treatment as his conditions worsened. Nasir El-Rufai said, ” Earlier today, I took 2 hours out of isolation to attend the daily virtual meeting of State Standing Committee on Covid-19, chaired by Deputy Governor @DrHadiza Balarabe. Since there is some fake news circulating that I am in an ICU in a Lagos Hospital, a nice ICU picture will help debunk the evil...
Easter Message: Let’s Keep Hope Alive, El-Rufai Tells Christians
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Easter Message: Let’s Keep Hope Alive, El-Rufai Tells Christians

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has urged Christians to keep hope alive as the world undergoes the pains of COVID-19 pandemic. The governor said this in a statement on Saturday, while congratulating Christians on the celebration of Easter festivities. Speaking via his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Muyiwa Adekeye, El-Rufai urged people to adhere strictly to the preventive measures laid down by the government. He added that humanity will rise above the devastation and disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic, stating, “we have to keep hope alive even in these dire moments.” The governor pointed out that the message of Easter; victory over darkness, reflects “the uniquely difficult circumstances in which Easter is being celebrated this year.” According t...
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3 Coronavirus Cases Linked To Governor El-Rufai’s Staff In Kaduna

There is tension in Kaduna State Government House, as three of the four cases of coronavirus in the state have been linked to the retinue of Governor Nasir el-Rufai. Staff of Sir Kashim Ibrahim House are on the edge because they might have been in close contact with the cases. The governor, who is on self-isolation, has been receiving treatment on the disease. However, the whereabouts of the three cases is yet to be established, as medical experts in the state turned down inquiries on where they were being quarantined. A Government House source confided in journalists that some high profile staff and domestic workers of Governor el-Rufai were also being tested for the disease. Efforts made to know where the governor and others were quarantined were frustrated, as none of...
Coronavirus: Kaduna On Lockdown – Governor El-Rufai
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Coronavirus: Kaduna On Lockdown – Governor El-Rufai

KDSG will not hesitate to impose a statewide curfew, should that become the only way to enforce compliance & make everyone understand the collective danger that we face. Prevention is the only logical thing to do because our health system cannot cope with an outbreak of Covid-19. Over the weekend, govt also sadly observed shocking levels of complacency as some people ignored their responsibility to uphold preventive measures. We received reports of congregations in some churches and mosques, as well as large crowds in weddings and other social activities. KDSG has announced extraordinary preventive measures against coronavirus: Civil servants from Level 12 and below are to stay at home for the next 30 days, except for those on essential service; only sellers of food & medic...
Pundits Predict Fayemi, El-Rufai Joint 2023 Presidential Ticket
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Pundits Predict Fayemi, El-Rufai Joint 2023 Presidential Ticket

Political analysts yesterday forecast that the duo of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his Kaduna State counterpart, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, may pair for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2023 election season. According to them, the duo looked good for the ticket because among those being rumoured to be nursing presidential ambition, they paraded the most outstanding credentials and currently enjoy support from President Muhammadu Buhari and members of his kitchen cabinet. Already, there are subterranean moves in the ruling party to see that the APC fields one of its governors to succeed Buhari whose tenure expires in 2023. The analysts, who spoke to THISDAY against the backdrop of the recent advocacy by el-Rufai for power to shift...
‘Southern Nigeria Wants Restructuring Not Presidency’ –  Fani-Kayode To El-Rufai
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‘Southern Nigeria Wants Restructuring Not Presidency’ – Fani-Kayode To El-Rufai

Femi Fani-Kayode, former Aviation Minister, on Monday said the Southern part of the country was more interested in restructuring than 2023 presidency. Fani-Kayode made the remark in response to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s comment that the Southern part of the country should be allowed to produce Nigeria’s next president. El-Rufai had suggested that the Southern part of the country should be allowed to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023. The governor, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had said that the North had no reason to hold onto power at the end of Buhari’s second tenure. “But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because after eight years of ...
Why Presidency Should Return To South In 2023 – El-Rufai
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Why Presidency Should Return To South In 2023 – El-Rufai

As the permutations for the 2023 Presidency begin to dominate political discourse nationwide, Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has said the Presidency should rightly return to the Southern part of the country. Although the governor, acclaimed to be a major strategist of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, did not specify which of the southern geopolitical zones should take the Presidency in 2023, he argued that it would be unjustified for the North to seek to retain the Presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari might have completed his eight years. El-Rufai, who headed the APC’s Restructuring Committee, pointed out that although the party’s constitution does not make provision for rotational presidency, like the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, it was a genera...
Governor El-Rufai Shows Off His Three Wives At His 60th Birthday Party (Photo)
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Governor El-Rufai Shows Off His Three Wives At His 60th Birthday Party (Photo)

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has shown off his wives while celebrating his 60th birthday. The governor and former minister is married to three women who turned up for his birthday party and sat beside each other. The governor was showered with praises on his birthday by the Presidency through a statement which reads: “As Governor el-Rufai turns 60, the President believes his foresight, wisdom and unusual capacity to mobilize people and resources to actualize dreams stand him out in leadership and administration. “President Buhari notes that el-Rufai’s entry into public service was truly accidental, but the contributions he has made are deliberate, well thought out and long-lasting, also highlighting his diligent contributions to the 2015 political upset that herald...
El-rufai Has 83 Certificates From Havard – AbdulHakeem Mustapha SAN
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El-rufai Has 83 Certificates From Havard – AbdulHakeem Mustapha SAN

As dignitaries pay tribute to Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i on the occasion of his 60th birthday, his lawyer, AbdulHakeem Mustapha SAN has said that, El-Rufa’i has 83 certificates from Havard. Mustapha SAN said he was shocked the day he saw El-Rufa’i’s certificates. According him, “there was a time El-Rufa’i’s was dragged to court for not having certificate. And as were about to get to the court that day, he dropped me in his car and handed me a bulky envelope. “When I opened the envelope, I discovered he has 83 certificates from Havard. And when I asked him how come? He said, A.U, when my peers were busy buying exotic cars, houses and other luxurious things, this is what I was doing with my money.” Mustapha SAN said. The event which is still ongoing has the ...
Your Entry Into Public Service Was Accidental – Buhari To El-Rufai
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Your Entry Into Public Service Was Accidental – Buhari To El-Rufai

President Muhammadu Buhari has on Saturday confirmed that Nasir el-Rufai’s entry into public service was accidental. He said even though it was accidental, el-Rufai has contributed immensely to the growth and development of the country. Mr. President who congratulated the Kaduna state governor at sixty, said that El-rufai’s zeal to drive change through inclusive leadership and resilient spirit leaves a legacy that continues to attract and inspire younger people across all walks of life. The President, in a congratulatory message by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, congratulated the governor for his distinguished service to the nation. According to him, el-Rufai’s foresight, wisdom and unusual capacity to mobilise people and ...
El-Rufai Shocks Pensioners, Increase Benefits From ₦3,000 To ₦30,000 Per Month
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El-Rufai Shocks Pensioners, Increase Benefits From ₦3,000 To ₦30,000 Per Month

Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Thursday shocked pensioners in the state as he increased their benefits from as low as N3,000 to N30,000, saying that what most pensioners take home was unacceptable. A statement issued by the spokesman to the governor, Muyiwa Adekeye, said Governor El-Rufai promised that the proposed increase will be tabled before the State Executive Council meeting and that the payment of the new pensions will commence once the approval is secured. Also He quoted the governor as saying that although the new minimum pensions will increase the wage bill of Kaduna state by N200 million, the state government believes that it is important to let pensioners receive decent pensions. The State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Pensioners (NUP), had written a letter to the govern...
Power Sector Gulped N1.7 Trillion In 3 Years – El-Rufai
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Power Sector Gulped N1.7 Trillion In 3 Years – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state on Thursday said Nigeria’s power sector has gulped a sum of N1.7trillion in the last three years. The governor disclosed this at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, while briefing journalists on the outcome of National Economic Council (NEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He said the situation of the power sector is a national emergency that requires all hands to be put on deck to interrogate why the sector is not working for the overall progress and benefit of Nigerians. The governor, who gave an update on the two Committees constituted by NEC on the “Review of the Ownership Structure of Distribution Companies”, said, the solutions to the nation’s problematic power sector might be painful because the government could not continue...
You Can’t Stop EFCC From Investigating You – Court To El-Rufai
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You Can’t Stop EFCC From Investigating You – Court To El-Rufai

The Federal High Court, Abuja, says Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, cannot stop the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from investigating him. Justice Binta Nyako said this while delivering the judgment, on Friday, in a suit no: FHC/ABJ/CS/60/09 filed by El-Rufai. The governor was seeking the court’s determination whether as the then minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), he had complied with the guidelines approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the sale of Federal Government houses between May 2005 and May 2007. News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while El-Rufai was the applicant, the defendants from 1st to 13th include: EFCC, FCT minister, FCDA, AGF, CBN, Oceanic Bank, Access Bank, Intercontinental Bank, Aso Savings and Loans ...
El-Rufai Says He Fully Supports The Closure Of Nigerian Land Borders
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El-Rufai Says He Fully Supports The Closure Of Nigerian Land Borders

Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has backed the Federal Government’s decision to close Nigeria’s land borders. El-Rufai was a special guest at the graduation of Senior Course Three of the Nigeria Customs Command and Staff College, Gwagwalada, Abuja on Friday, November 15th said it is unfair for smaller countries to be sabotaging a big country like Nigeria. He said the step taken was commendable. He explained that Nigeria like any other country likes to trade with other countries but added that there must be fairness. The Governor noted that closure of the borders should be sustained until there were established deals that covered every country. “The partial closure of borders is highly commendable. Nigeria is the largest country in West Africa and the continent and it is ...
PDP Says El-Rufai’s Apology Is APC’s Admission Of Bello’s Failure
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PDP Says El-Rufai’s Apology Is APC’s Admission Of Bello’s Failure

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has observed that the public apology and kneeling by the Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Kogi state campaign council, Kaduna state Governor Nasir El-Rufai, confirms that even the APC agrees that Governor Yahaya Bello does not merit a second term. According to a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, the genuflection by El-Rufai is also a direct confirmation that the failed Governor Bello cannot lay claim to any genuine vote at the November 16 governorship election. The PDP noted that the Edo State deputy governor, Philip Shuaibu, also knelt before the Kogi people to beg for Yahaya Bello which further shows that it is public knowledge that the governor misused the opportunity given...
El-Rufai, Ganduje And Emir Sanusi Receive Okorocha In Kano
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El-Rufai, Ganduje And Emir Sanusi Receive Okorocha In Kano

Earlier,His Excellency Senator Rochas Okorocha was on special visit to Kano State. The host Governor, Umar Ganduje, Nasir El-rufai, Kaduna State Governor & Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido accorded the August visitor a resounding welcome. PhotoCredit: @michaelomoboriowo @mygovernormysenator @absobaba
El-Rufai Responds To A Tweet Asking Him To Employ Shehu Sani
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El-Rufai Responds To A Tweet Asking Him To Employ Shehu Sani

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai has mocked Senator Shehu Sani over a minimum wage tweet about the state government. Recall we reported last night that the Kaduna State government had begun the full implementation of the N30,000 new minimum wage. But reacting to the development, Sani, a former Senator representing Kaduna Central tagged the payment as a “fraud”. “Any payment of minimum wage by any state not in accordance with the template of the new minimum wage act is simply a fraud.Selective,manipulative and dubious payment is simply a deceit.Confirm full compliance from the NLC & the TUC first not from politicians”, tweeted Sani. Commenting, however, a Kaduna resident tagged Governor El-Rufai to the tweet, asking him to start paying Sani the new minimum wage ...