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Politics - July 11, 2019

Kaduna Assembly Rejects el-Rufai’s Commissioner Nominee For Criticising Government Policies

By Aminat Mohammed

The Kaduna State House Of Assembly has rejected for the first time since 2015 the Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s nominee for the portfolio of Commissioner of Agriculture, Aliyu Jaafaru Abubakar.

The Speaker of the House who presided over the sitting, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, said the rejection of the nominee was as a result of his criticism of the present government since 2017 on his social media handles.

The Speaker said Alhaji Jafaaru has been criticising one of the best policies of the present administration since 2017 which is education, hence the issue of disengagement of the unqualified teachers in the state.

While quoting some of his posts on the social media platform, the speaker said, “On your facebook account, you said there is nothing like ‘making Kaduna state great again’, it is a deceptive cliché used by politicians to deceive the masses, we should make Kaduna great at appropriate time.

“It is a responsibility for those who are truly sincere not for those who are inherently sarcastic. You also said El-Rufai must learn to tackle issues with human face. You also said you are an advocate of change that goes to the root and cause not only the symptoms. You also said in the same post, ‘stop comparing me with El-Rufai who thinks he is more intelligent than intelligence itself’.

“You, however, said you are a humble human being that believes that all that glitters is not gold, there is nothing authoritarian in insisting on the truth and never speaking the truth.

“I detest insincerity as there are better ways of genuinely solving problems.”

Speaking with journalists shortly after the plenary, Chairman House committee on media and public affairs, Alhaji Tanimu Musa, said the rejection of the Governor’s Nominee was as a result of him criticising the present administration.

“The evil that men do live even after them, Jaafaru has been a critic of this administration on social media,” He said.

“He has been criticizing the government, so why do you want to work with the government you have been criticising before?”

Other nominees screened include Mr. Thomas Gyang – Commissioner for Planning and Budget Commission, Hassan Usman Mahmud – Commissioner in the governor’s office for Riots, damage, rehabilitation and resettlement, and Atiku Musa as Auditor General for local government.

The House urged the Auditor General to ensure that the audited account of each local government in the state is up to date.

Meanwhile, the speaker also announced that Deputy Governor Hajiya Hadiza Balarabe would serve as the acting Commissioner of Health pending the appointment of a substantive Commissioner.

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