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COVID-19 : El Rufai extends Kaduna lockdown by 30 days. [Nigeria]

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The Kaduna State Government has extended the COVID-19 lockdown by thirty days.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai disclosed this via a Twitter thread on Sunday evening.

The governor’s statement as posted on Twitter reads:

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KADUNA UPDATE: Malam Nasir @elrufai has extended the quarantine orders in the state for another 30 days, effective from 26th April 2020. The decision follows a recommendation to that effect by the State Standing Committee on Covid-19, chaired by @DrHadizaBalarabe

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…

Malam Nasir @elrufai has endorsed this evaluation. Quarantine Orders have been reviewed to strengthen the provisions against unauthorised movements. Henceforth, only Wednesdays will be lockdown-free, until the trajectory of Covid-19 infections becomes clearer.

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All persons that venture out of their homes for whatever reason must wear facemasks and observe social distancing everywhere they go, in markets and in authorised vehicles. Government is making efforts to provide facemasks for poor and vulnerable residents..

Mobile courts have been empowered by the Quarantine Orders to try violators and impose the prescribed penalties, including fines, imprisonment and forfeiture of vehicles, upon conviction.


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[Nigeria] I am still COVID-19 positive, I am not cleared yet – El Rufai


Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State says he has not recovered from the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease that he came down with.

The governor stated this after chairing the Kaduna State Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

Taking to Twitter, El-Rufai warned against being misled about his coronavirus status, saying he intended to make an announcement whenever he recovers from the virus.

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He said, “Earlier Wednesday 10 am-2 pm, I took a few hours during isolation to chair a virtual meeting of the State Executive Council.

“I haven’t been cleared of COVID-19 yet and (I) will personally announce when confirmed negative. Ignore all fake news even if you like it.”

El-Rufai, who tested positive for the virus on March 28, says he remained positive after spending more than two weeks in isolation.

Dr Hadiza Balarabe, the deputy governor, has piloted the affairs of the state in his stead.


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[Nigeria] Ezekwesili scold Bello El-Rufai over rape threat.


A former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has scolded Bello el-Rufai, the son of Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, for threatening to rape the mother of someone who disagreed with him on social media.

The former World Bank Vice-President also asked Bello to apologise for making acerbic comments laced with tribalism.


Ezekwesili, who also served in the same federal cabinet as Bello’s father during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said this on Twitter on Sunday.

She tweeted, “Did I just see horrific tweets from your handle threatening gang-rape? What was that? Why the ethnic vitriol toward Igbos? What’s that, Bello? Too tragic!


“You need to not just immediately apologise for those vile tweets but get into an anger management program quickly.

“I have maintained that we can disagree without being disagreeable. We can object without being objectionable. Healthy debates and divergences that arise are important for democratic development of societies.”


Trouble started after Bello took to Twitter to insult United States President, Donald Trump, over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bello said, “There is nothing as radioactive as an incompetent leader during a time of crisis. The United States of America is a case in point. A few states in Nigeria too.”


However, a Twitter user named Consigliere with the handle @oewonah, said Bello should rather focus on Nigeria’s President, Maj.Gen Muhammadu Buhari (retd.)

He insisted that the American President was miles ahead of Buhari and even Bello’s father, el-Rufai, in terms of quality leadership.


Consigliere wrote, “He (Bello) can’t call Buhari out for his ineptitude yet he’s calling Trump names? Did he vote Trump?”

El-Rufai’s son, however, decided to rain expletives on the man who disagreed with him and also insulted his ethnicity.


He tweeted, “Tell your mother I’m passing her to my friends tonight. No Igbo sounds please! Tueh.

Not done, the younger el-Rufai sent a private message to Consligiere, saying it was obvious that he was attacking Buhari because he is Igbo.


Bello further stated that Buhari was completing the Second Niger Bridge in the South-East, a feat which former President Goodluck Jonathan could not attain despite being supported by Igbo.

He also insulted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.


He tweeted, “Your mother is the main whore of the South-East. I can’t reply you publicly. F**k Kanu and take a picture of the Second Niger Bridge, thanks to Buhari. My mentions are mine. If a Sunday bastard makes up lies and drags my father, his mother will be games. If he doesn’t want it, he shouldn’t mention me. The crowd has never phased (sic) me…

The outburst sparked outrage on Twitter with Bello trending at number one.


The person whose tweets Bello was directed at, expressed shock at the insults, explaining that he wasn’t even Igbo.

However, the debate became more interesting when Bello’s mother, Hadiza, who is a women’s rights advocate, was tagged.


Mrs. el-Rufai, however, defended her son’s outburst saying, “Don’t @me. Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. All is fair in love and war.”

As of 3am on Twitter Nigerian time, Bello was still trending, attracting nearly 60,000 tweets

He said he would not apologise for the insults, insisting that he and his family had been victims of ethnic slurs in the past.


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COVID-19: Kaduna could record 57,000 new cases due to violation of lockdown – Government warns.


The Task Force on COVID-19 in Kaduna has expressed concern that the risk assessment of the pandemic is troubling as there could be as high as 57,000 new cases in the state if there is no effective enforcement and implementation of the lockdown order.

This concern follows the sixth confirmed COVID-19 case involving a male patient who returned from Lagos state to Kaduna with a commercial vehicle after he tested positive for the deadly disease.


The state government has therefore embarked on massive enforcement of the lockdown especially to stop inter state travels till further notice as part of measures to avoid community transmission is the disease.

Kaduna State Commissioner For Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan who is leading the operation noted in an interview that it is important for people to observe the lockdown for as long as it is in effect for their own safety.


With the pandemic gradually spreading to neighboring states coupled with the sixth imported case from far away Lagos into Kaduna, the state government says it is not happy that the safe corridor provided for travelers has been serially abused since the lockdown was imposed, as people from elsewhere have been coming into Kaduna in droves in violation of the quarantine order.

Security agencies have therefore been issued an executive order to turn back any unauthorised vehicles into the state.

Vehicles without approvals have been intercepted along Kachia road and Sabon Tasha area, with some commercial drivers abandoning their buses and fleeing in a bid to escape arrest.


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COVID-19: El-Rufai’s wife test result made her smile.


The wife of Kaduna State governor, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai, has said that her test result for coronavirus has returned negative.

She disclosed this on her Twitter page stating;


“Dear Tweeps, My COVID-ONE-NINE test result is out. I’m NEGATIVE. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes. #StayAtHomeStaySafe”she tweeted

Recall with NobleReporters that her husband announced he tested positive for the novel virus on Saturday March 28th.


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COVID-19: El-Rufai urges kaduna civil servants to work from home.


Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Monday, ordered civil servants in the state to stay at home for a period of 30 days.

This is not unconnected to the alarming spread of the coronavirus disease which has infected 36 persons in the country, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.


The governor, who announced the measure via his verified Twitter handle, said, “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 & medicines can open their shops in the markets from tomorrow.

“Security agencies will enforce restrictions on large gatherings, especially in churches and mosques and as well as the closure of schools, whether public or private, religious or secular, Islamiya or run by Christian missions.


“People are advised to stay at home and avoid moving around unless it becomes absolutely necessary.

“To this end, we have contacted the relevant federal authorities to stop the Abuja-Kaduna train service and thus limit the danger from contact on the train and the influx from people who might have been exposed to infected persons.

“The Kaduna State Government 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.”


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Group mount pressure of Govt to release exiled Sanusi.

… Deposed emir sues IG, DSS

… Evacuates 42,000 books from Kano palace

… Remain with us forever, Awe residents beg Sanusi


The deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday instituted a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order for his release from detention and confinement. Also, lawyers and civil society groups have continued mounting pressure on the federal and Kano State governments to allow the dethroned emir enjoy his freedom.

In a fundamental rights enforcement application filed by his lawyers led by Lateef Fagbemi, Prof. Konyinsola Ajayi and Abubakar Mahmoud, all Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Sanusi sought for two reliefs: “An interim order releasing him from detention and/or confinement of the respondents and restoring the applicant’s rights to human dignity, personal liberty, freedom of association and movement in Nigeria (apart from Kano State) pending the hearing and determination of the Applicant’s Originating Motion.” Respondents in the suit include the Inspector General of Police, the Director General, Department of State Service (DSS), Attorney General of Kano State and the Attorney General of the Federation.

The application was brought under sections 34, 35, 40, 41 and 46 of the Nigerian Constitution, and Articles 5, 6, 10, 12(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap A9 LFN 2010 and Order IV Rules 3 and 4 of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009. The Kano State government had on Monday, March 9, dethroned Emir Sanusi II over alleged “total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and programmes organised by the government without any lawful justification which amount to total insubordination.”

The 14th emir of Kano was hours after his removal banished to Nasarawa State, a development that elicited outcry from different quarters. He was subsequently replaced by Aminu Ado Bayero, the son of the 13th emir of Kano. Deposed Emir Muhammadu Sanusi’s N200m library before and after Two days after the development, the Kano State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, Ibrahim Muktar said Sanusi II was only dethroned and not banished.

“The decision of the government was the emir was removed from office and a new emir was appointed. The issue of banishment was not part of the decision of the Kano State Government,” he said. The deposed emir now lives in Awe town of Nasarawa State amid tight security by federal forces including the police and operatives of DSS.

And following an allegation of complicity by the former governor of Kano State, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidency in a statement on Wednesday said President Muhammadu Buhari has no hand in the travails of the deposed emir. The unfolding drama climaxed yesterday with the decision of the deposed emir to drag both the federal and the Kano State governments to court.


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New Kano Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero moves to Royal Palace.


The 15th Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero made his way into the palace late Wednesday hours after receiving his letter of appointment from Kano state Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

Hundreds of Kano residents stormed the palace to witness the Emir’s traditional entry into the palace through a carved door, a traditional symbol that seals Bayero’s installation as Emir.


Royal guards and traditional dances featured as the Emir entered the traditional Soron Shekara and then to Soron Ingila, which is the Emir’s official residence within the palace where he receives homage from members of the royal family and other traditional rulers.

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Aminu Ado Bayero made new Kano Emir after Sanusi

A graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano and a trained pilot, Bayero spent most of his life serving the Kano Emirate.


He held many traditional titled including Turaki, Sarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, Wambai of Kano.

He was the Emir of Bichi before his appointment as the Emir of Kano.


According to sources within the Kano Emirate, Bayero is one of the most loved Emirs after his father who united the palace during his reign as the Tsarkin Dawakin Tsakar Gida, and further extended his influence when appointed as Wambai of Kano.

In the coming days, Bayero will be fully engaged in normal traditional functions, including presiding over the meeting of the Kano council of traditional rulers.

A special Durbar festival is also scheduled to hold in honour of the Emir, as well as special prayer sessions for peace and stability in Kano.


#Newsworthy…

Sanusi officially accept Chancellor post in KASU.


Governor Nasir El-Rufai says the deposed Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has accepted the appointments offered him by the Kaduna state government, NobleReporters reports.

The newspaper reports that Sanusi’s acceptance of the appointments was contained in a statement signed by Muyiwa Adekeye who is the media aide to Governor El-Rufai on Wednesday, March 11.

Governor El-Rufai expressed gratitude to the former emir for continuing to support and assist the realisation of the governance objectives of the Kaduna government.


#Newsworthy…

Apostle suleman react to Emir Sanusi’s dethronement.

says, it’s not criminality to disobey the Governor


Apostle Johnson Suleman has reacted to the dethronement and banishment of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

Recall Emir Sanusi’s removal was confirmed on Monday March 9 by Secretary to Kano State Government, Usman Alhaji who alleged that he (Sanusi) disrespected the lawful instructions from the office of the Governor and lawful authorities. The Kano monarch was also accused of persistently refusing to attend official meetings and programmes organized by the government without any lawful justification.

Following the removal of Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor Ganduje appointed one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.

Reacting to the development, Apostle Johnson Suleman stated that disrespecting a Governor is not a criminal offence. The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries who however admitted that a Governor has the right to depose a traditional ruler, stated that a Governor does not have the right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.

Suleman tweeted;

I can understand the dethronment of the former emir of kano.what I dont understand is the detention.over what?a governor has right to depose a traditional ruler but has no right to detain anyone who has not committed an offence.disrespecting a governor is not a criminal offence.


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Buhari, brain behind Sanusi’s dethronement – Kwankwaso claims.


Former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said Muhammadu Sanusi 11 was dethroned as Emir of Kano based on the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Kwankwaso, a former presidential aspirant on the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made the statement on Wednesday morning.


Kwankwaso stated that “the governor of Kano himself has been saying that he has been given the order to remove Sanusi.”

The Presidency has not spoken on the sack of Sanusi since the former Emir of Kano was deposed by the Kano State Government on Monday.

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Buhari not involved in Sanusi’s dethronement – Presidency

President Buhari had also earlier stated that he will not interfere in the rift between the Emir and his State Government.

Buhari noted that he will be overstepping his bounds, constitutionally, if he gets involved in the dispute between the monarch and Ganduje but Kwankwaso on Wednesday alleged that the President has been intervening in the affairs of Kano State.


“President Buhari is getting involved in the affairs of Kano state,” Kwankwaso said.

N.Rs, however, noted that Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso did not provide any evidence to back his claim of the involvement of the President in the removal of the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria as Emir.

Kwankwaso, under whose tenure Sanusi was installed as the Emir in 2014, also claimed that the people of Kano were saddened by the deposition of the Emir.

He described Muhammadu Sanusi as an “honorable king and a man of the world.”


#Newsworthy…

Deposed and Exiled Emir Sanusi II gets new appointment.


Former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has been appointed into the board of Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency, KADIPA, by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

The new appointment was announced in statement El-Rufai’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Muyiwa Adekeye on Tuesday.


This appointment is coming less than 24 hours after Sanusi was dethroned by the Kano State Government for disobeying lawful authorities.

However, the statement said the governor approved Sanusi’s appointment while reconstituting the board of KADIPA.

According to the statement, Sanusi was named the Vice Chairman of the board.

The statement reads: “Malam Nasir El-Rufai has appointed His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi II into the board of KADIPA. The appointment is part of the reconstitution of the board of KADIPA, which is statutorily chaired by the Deputy Governor, and has as internal members senior officials of the Kaduna State Government.


“Governor El-Rufai said that Kaduna State hopes to benefit from the profile, experience, intellect and networks of His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi, who before becoming Emir, had built a solid reputation in global financial circles. Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that Kaduna State is honoured to be able to call on the services of a man of such calibre to drive its development.

“The Governor also said that he is confident that the new board, which includes the most senior officers of the state will further propel KADIPA to greater success in attracting investments to Kaduna State. He disclosed that the external members have been carefully chosen to further reinforce the investment credentials of the state.

“The new board of KADIPA has the following members:

1. Her Excellency, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe Chairman
2. His Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II Vice-Chairman
3. Balarabe Abbas Lawal, Secretary to the State Government
4. Bariatu Y. Mohammed, Head of Service
5. Jimi Lawal, Senior Adviser-Counsellor
6. Aisha Dikko, Attorney-General of Kaduna State
7. Idris Nyam, Commissioner, Business, Innovation & Technology
8. Fausat Ibikunle, Commissioner, Housing & Urban Development
9. Thomas Gyang, Commissioner, Planning & Budget Commission
10. Farida Dankaka, KACCIMA
11. Amal Hassan, Private Sector
12. Hafiz Bayero, MD, Kaduna Markets Development Company
13. Altine Jibrin, Director-General, KADGIS
14. Umma Aboki, Executive Secretary, KADIPA

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has expressed his gratitude to members of the reconstituted board of KADIPA for agreeing to serve.”


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Osinbajo, El-Rufai appointed as members of power sector reform group.


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the composition of a Power Sector Reform Coordination Working Group, under the leadership of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

A statement by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state and chairman of the committee, set up by the National Economic Council (NEC) on Power sector reforms and Distribution Company ownership (DISCOs), said that the new Working Group will incorporate the ongoing efforts of his committee and ensure all power sector initiatives are on the same page under the leadership of the Vice President Osinbajo.


‘’This new presidential working group will coordinate ad-hoc committee and other efforts on a national scale, and report progress fortnightly to Mr. President,’’ the statement clarified.

According to the statement, ‘’the presidential working group, which will meet weekly, commenced work at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, at a meeting at which the Vice President presided.’’


The statement added that members of the group include, Governor Nasir El-Rufai, representing the Nigerian Governors’ Forum as well as the National Economic Council and the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, who leads the German Government/Siemens initiative to improve power supply.

Other members of the group are the Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Godwin Emiefele and Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, Ahmad Zakari who is also the secretary of the Working Group.


The statement emphasized that ‘’the key objective of the working group is to harmonise various efforts by the Federal Government and the 36 States, through the National Economic Council (NEC), on power sector reform and to oversee the design and implementation of a well-coordinated roadmap for the sector.

‘’The national working group will support critical financing initiatives with the World Bank Group, DFID, and other key development partners. The group will also ensure that ongoing Federal and State initiatives are in sync with the Presidential Power Initiative being implemented with the German government and Siemens, and infrastructure investments of the TCN and the Ministry of Power,’’ the statement added.

President Buhari will receive updates and briefings twice a month on the progress of the National Working Group.

In November 2019, NEC constituted an ad-hoc Committee to determine the nature and extent of State Governments’ ownership of Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and provide feedback on the challenges afflicting the power sector reforms.


#Newsworthy…

Just in: North will destroy – Emir Sanusi

…87 per cent of poverty in Nigeria are in North


Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, has said that Nigeria’s Northern region will destroy itself if it doesn’t change.


Speaking on Monday in Kaduna during an event to commemorate the 60th birthday celebration of governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai, Sanusi said that real development will continue to elude the North except the leaders rise up and do the right thing.

He said, “The real change in the North will come from those considered mad people because you look around and say if this is the way we have been doing things, and this is where we have ended up, maybe we need to do things differently.


“If the North does not change, it will destroy itself. The country is moving on. If we don’t listen, there would be a day when there would be a constitutional amendment that addresses these issues of quota system and federal character.

“The rest of the country cannot be investing, educating its children, producing graduates and then they watch us, they can’t get jobs because they come from the wrong state, when we have not invested in the future of our own children.

Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi

“You cannot be happy about 87 per cent of poverty in Nigeria being in the North. You can’t be happy with millions of Northern out-of-school children. You can’t be happy with nine states in the North contributing almost 50 per cent of the entire malnutrition burden in the country.

“You can’t be happy with the Boko Haram problem. You can’t be happy with all the issues.”


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El Rufai behind my win in 2015 – Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated with the executive governor of Kaduna State, Gov. Nasir El Rufai on his 60th birthday.

The celebratory message was sent by the president’s media aide, Shehu Garba on Saturday. In his message, President Buhari said that although the governor’s entry into public service was accidental, his contributions so far to the growth of the nation have been well-thought-of and strategic.

Nasir El Rufai | Muhammadu Buhari

The president commended el-Rufai for his insight and wisdom to lead people to achieve greatness at various levels, adding that the governor’s efforts were instrumental to the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential election.

He also prayed for more good health and wisdom as he continues to lead the state to greater positive heights.


#Newsworthy…

El-Rufai @ 60: Tinubu send message


The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Chief Bola Tinubu, has felicitated with Kaduna State Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai, at 60.

In a congratulatory message signed by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, in Lagos, Tinubu said that El-Rufai’s reputation as a public servant always eager to confront challenges was commendable.


Tinubu said that El-Rufai served Nigeria to the best of his abilities with unquestionable zeal.

The APC leader said: “I congratulate Malam Nasir El-Rufai on turning 60.


“Your reputation as a public servant eager to confront challenges is well deserved.

“It is not surprising that this milestone birthday has come with you still in active public service.

Kaduna State Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai

“Whether as Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory or Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai served to the best of his abilities with unquestionable zeal and energy.

“My prayer is that God Almighty grants you many more years, gives you good health and renewed strength to continue to govern the people of your state and serve our nation,” Tinubu said.


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I did not say Buhari, El Rufai sponsor Northern bandits – Ex EFCC chairman


The former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu, has denied reports that he said President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State are the chief sponsors of bandits in the North.
Mr. Ribadu, Thursday, described the statement being circulated on social media as “devilish insinuations.”

The said statement quoted Mr Ribadu to have said: “Bandits were created by Gen Muhammadu Buhari(rtd) to oust Jonathan.”


He allegedly said Buhari “assembled his ardent supporters, promoters and strategists in April 2014 to determine how to remove President Goodluck. Prominent amongst them were El-Rufai, Gen Danbazo (Rtd).

“Specifically, Gen Buhari, in his address, told the fighters that ‘the British handed Nigeria over to us, the Fulanis, at independence. The land (Nigeria) belongs to us. We must reclaim what belongs to us’.
Ribadu’s denial


However, Mr. Ribadu, in a statement on Thursday, disowned the viral message and appealed to security agencies to investigate the genesis of the ‘fake message’ and fish out the perpetrators of “the statement shared around social media platforms attributed to me (giving) devilish insinuations on alleged origin of banditry in parts of Nigeria.”

The former EFCC boss said he initially “ignored what was clear inanity and cheap blackmail, as I thought no right-thinking person will fall for such mischief. I have never, at any time, wrote or said those words being attributed to me.

“I have no knowledge contained in the disjointed propaganda message in circulation and I urge the public to disregard it.”

He said purveyors of fake news, more so, one that is clearly a threat to national security, should not be allowed to thrive.


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N1.7trn: FG invest on private electricity supply system

…80m Nigerians lack access to electricity


The National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday disclosed that the nation’s electricity supply system had broken down in spite of Federal Government’s investments to the tune of N1.7 trillion on the privatised electricity generating and distribution companies in the last three years.

The revelation came at the end of the monthly meeting of the council chaired by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, and attended by the governors of the 36 states.


Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who briefed newsmen after the meeting, explained that the situation whereby the government would keep investing heavily in firms it had supposedly privatised was not sustainable.

El-Rufai, who is also the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee which NEC set up to review the status and ownership of the power distribution companies (DisCos), listed the challenges facing the power sector to include lack of capacity, tariff issues, and the way the privatization exercise itself was done.


“What we have agreed on is that there are fundamental problems in the electricity supply industry and that you cannot privatize an industry and then, over three years since privatization, you pump in N1.7 trillion of government fund into it, that is not privatization. This is not sustainable, so solutions must be found. Those solutions are not going to be nice; they may be painful, but the only way to solve the structural problems in the industry is to take some very difficult decisions.”

He lamented that at the moment, over 80 million Nigerians do not have access to electricity, but assured that the challenges besetting the power sector would be resolved.


The governor hinted that the pension funds earlier approved by NEC to be borrowed to fix infrastructure would be loaned to the private sector firms. According to him, the money would be borrowed to contractors as a long-term fund with low interest rates.

“There are more than nine million households connected to electricity in Nigeria, less than half of them have meters. We have to have meters everywhere; you need money to buy them. The distributing companies do not have the capacity, the money, many of them are near bankruptcy they can’t even raise the money if they want. We have to find ways to unlock cheap and long term sources of funding to enable them to work.


“The electricity sector is complicated. There’s need to go to the root of the problem. This nation cannot make progress without the electricity sector. We’re inviting memoranda from the public, to provide solutions to the complex problems,” he said.

El-Rufai ruled out the possibility that the pension funds would also be deployed to fund other major infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges and railways across the country.


“This money will not be available to the Federal Government to build the Kaduna-Abuja for instance. We are hoping to see a Julius Berger coming and saying we are willing to build Kaduna-Abuja road, access the money, building the roads, put tolls every 50 kilometres and you pay N500, and that is why you need the cooperation of state governments, because they own the land.

“We give them land for real estates for people who want to live near their rail stations, commute from outside Abuja to Abuja. The land will be vested to Julius Berger that will build the houses and sell the houses and make additional income that will ensure the toll is as low as possible. So it is not government borrowing; it is the private sector that is borrowing at low interest rate,” he said.


The governor said that the money would be easily recovered from the investors as the fund would be invested into revenue generating infrastructure like roads and railways across the country.

“We understand rail can make money, roads can make money. Roads make money in three ways: First is through toll gates, but usually does not cover the cost of paying back any loan you take to construct the road. Second, you invest in land on the right of way along the road. Because along that lane, whenever you build the road, people move, they need housing, shopping malls, schools.

“…These loans are usually long term between 20 and 30 years. Interest rates are usually low, interest rate of between five and six per cent is what we are targeting, it will not be a high rate of 20 per cent as we see today but a low interest paid over a long time.

“We have Kaduna–Abuja rail, it is always full. We have only four coaches, the government is charging N1,500, people stand in the way. What if you allow the private sector to go in and put 50 coaches, operate every hour and collect their money? These will create jobs, opportunity, we will transport more people and more people will be off the road and less susceptible to accidents. These are all benefits to society as a whole. We are all workers, this can work for all of us or none at all,” he said.


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Kaduna: Public schools suffer lower students turnout


Academic activities have fully taken up in public primary and secondary schools in Kaduna metropolis following schools’ resumption for Second Term Academic Session.

A news correspondent who monitored teachers and student’s turnout on Monday reports that, while teachers were fully on ground, only few pupils and student’s turned out for classes.


At Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) Primary School Mahuta, 35 teachers were on ground as at 8 a.m. with some of them already in their classes, teaching very few students that turned up.

At LGEA Unguwan Maichibi Primary School, Television, 51 teachers were seen, including 25 N-Power teachers, with academic activities taking place.


The story was the same at Government Senior and Junior Secondary Schools Kakuri, and Government Junior Secondary School Independence Way, Kaduna, where teachers were seen busy in their classes.

The Ministry of Education had earlier announced Sunday, January 12 as resumption date for boarding schools and January 13 for all day schools.

The commissioner, Dr Shehu Makarfi had assured pupils, students, parents and other stakeholders that lesson would commence fully on Monday.

He urged parents to send their children to school, adding that failure to do so would attract sanctions.


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Nemesis to soon catch up with you – IMN tells Buhari, El Rufai


Members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria have told President Muhammadu Buhari and Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai, to watch their backs as the day of reckoning was nearer than they ever thought.

The group, popularly referred to as Shiites, posits that Buhari and El-Rufai were unjustly using power and state resources to unlawfully keep their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky, and his wife, Zeenat, in detention despite court orders directing their release on bail.

According to the IMN, the Kaduna State governor rather than apologise to El-Zakzaky for the massacre of his followers including his children during a military clampdown on his home in Zaria in 2015, he has been doing everything to frustrate the course of justice by preventing the sheikh’s release from detention.


In a statement by President, Media Forum, of the IMN, Ibrahim Musa, the group called on the international community to intervene in the matter so as to ensure justice is served.

The statement reads, “With increasing pressure on the President Muhammadu Buhari regime from home and abroad occasioned by the decision of the International Criminal Court at The Hague to investigate the crimes against humanity committed by this regime during the Zaria Massacre of 2015, there have been increased efforts at belittling the matter and trivialising the issues.


“This reached a peak in the last hours when the Kaduna State governor, Nasiru El-Rufai, was rattling half-truths and pathological lies for which he has come to be known.

“In this his warped position, he insinuated that so long as he remains Kaduna governor, Sheikh Zakzaky would remain in detention. According to this depraved governor, Sheikh Zakzaky is being tried for crimes he and his followers committed in the last 30 years in Zaria.


“On the contrary, after the criminal invasion of the sheikh’s residence in December of 2015 and the subsequent killing of hundreds of his supporters including his sons and relatives by officers and men of the Nigerian Army, the sheikh and his wife were shot at and arrested.

“The sheikh and his supporters were the victims of state terror and crimes and not the perpetrators. The Department of State Services illegally detained them without charges until May 2018 when the pressure on the government to release them became so intense and unbearable. It was at that point that the government thought of charging them of inciting his followers to commit alleged offences.


“Prior to that, the government had struggled to give any sensible explanation for their continued detention.

“Meanwhile before all these, on December 2, 2016, the Federal High Court presided over by the Honourable Justice G. O. Kolawole (now of the Court of Appeal) declared illegal and unconstitutional their arrest and detention.


“The Judicial Commission of Inquiry had indicted Nigerian Army for the extrajudicial murder of 347 of their supporters during the raid on their residence and burying them secretly in mass grave and ordered that the officers and men involved be tried. The government has since demonstrated a stubborn unwillingness to prosecute those indicted.

“Governor El-Rufai’s fraudulent claims that only court can free Sheikh Zakzaky pales in the face of the obvious.


“Firstly, the fabricated charges of inciting, aiding and abetting brought against him (as a ploy to perpetually keep him in detention) have been squashed in the high and appeal courts.

“Secondly, the Federal High Court had declared his detention as unconstitutional and therefore ordered his release. The government has remained in contempt of that order.

“Thirdly, even when the Kaduna High Court granted the sheikh medical leave, El-Rufai took measures to thwart the medical bail, putting stringent terms and conditions independent of the courts. Clearly, El-Rufai, like the master he is working for, General Buhari, has no respect for the rule of law.

“Finally, we would like to let El-Rufai and his master known that the day of reckoning is very near indeed.

“Justice will be served and no amount of blackmail and misuse of state power could avert this whirlwind of justice from catching up with them all.”


#Newsworthy…

You shall be exposed very soon – IMN shade El Rufai


The Islamic Movement of Nigeria has issued a stern rebuke of Governor Nasir El-Rufai over the continuous detention of its leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and his wife in Kaduna Correctional Centre.

In a statement on Sunday, the group’s spokesman Ibrahim Musa lambasted El-Rufai over his recent comments justifying Zakzaky’s detention and vowing never to release him.

Musa said the governor’s statement contained half-truths and pathological lies, “for which he has come to be known”. He also said sooner than later, El-Zakzaky will go free in the full course of justice.

“Finally, we would like to let El-Rufai and his master that the day of reckoning is very near indeed. Justice will be served and no amount of blackmail and misuse of state power could avert this whirlwind of justice from catching up with them all. On our part, we will intensify our peaceful campaigns until justice is done to the victims of Zaria genocide of December, 2015 and Sheikh Zakzaky and all those still being held regain their freedom”, Musa said..


Please read his full statement:

“With increasing pressure on the Buhari regime from home and abroad occasioned by the decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague to investigate the crimes against humanity committed by this regime during the Zaria Massacre of 2015, there have been increased efforts at belittling the matter and trivializing the issues. This reached a peak in the last hours when the Kaduna state governor, Nasiru El-Rufai was rattling half-truths and pathological lies, for which he has come to be known.


“In this his warped position, he insinuated that so long as he remains Kaduna Governor, Sheikh Zakzaky would remain in detention. According to the governor, Sheikh Zakzaky is being tried for crimes he and his followers committed in the last 30 years in Zaria.

“On the contrary, after the criminal invasion of the Sheikh’s residence in December of 2015 and the subsequent killing of hundreds of his supporters including his sons and relatives by Officers and men of the Nigerian Army, the Sheikh and his wife were shot at and arrested. The Sheikh and his supporters were the victims of state terror and crimes and not the perpetrators. The Department of State Security (DSS) illegally detained them without charges until May 2018, when the pressure on the government to release them became so intense and unbearable. It was at that point that the government thought of charging them of inciting his followers to commit alleged offences.


“Prior to that, the government had struggled to give any sensible explanation for their continued detention. They had even clearly stated that the Sheikh was being kept in “protective custody” for his own safety and not because he had committed any crime. They also declared that the wife was not in detention but “merely keeping her husband company” and that she was free to walk out anytime she so wishes. So what crimes is El-Rufai referring to?

Meanwhile before all these, on December 2, 2016, the Federal High Court presided over by the Honourable Justice G. O. Kolawole (now of the Court of Appeal) declared illegal and unconstitutional their arrest and detention. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry had indicted Nigerian army for the extrajudicial murder of 347 of their supporters during the raid on their residence and burying them secretly in mass grave and ordered that the officers and men involved be tried. The government has since demonstrated a stubborn unwillingness to prosecute those indicted. On the other hand, they arrested hundreds of members of the Sheikh Zakzaky-led Islamic Movement and put them on trial for allegedly being responsible for the death of one of the soldiers, who was accidentally shot by his colleagues. The Kaduna High Court has cleared all of them of these framed up charges and subsequently discharged and acquitted them all. So again, what crimes is El-Rufai referring to?

Nasir El Rufai (Left) Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky (Right)


“Governor El Rufai’s fraudulent claims that only court can free Sheikh Zakzaky pales in the face of the obvious. Firstly, the fabricated charges of inciting, aiding and abetting brought against him (as a ploy to perpetually keep him in detention) have been squashed in the High and Appeal courts. Secondly, the Federal High court had declared his detention as unconstitutional and therefore ordered his release. The government has remained in contempt of that order. Thirdly, even when the Kaduna high court granted the Sheikh medical leave, El-Rufai never conceded. He took measures to thwart the medical bail, putting stringent terms and conditions independent of the courts. Clearly, El-Rufai, like the master he is working for, General Buhari, has no respect for the rule of law.

“Finally, we would like to let El-Rufai and his master that the day of reckoning is very near indeed. Justice will be served and no amount of blackmail and misuse of state power could avert this whirlwind of justice from catching up with them all. On our part, we will intensify our peaceful campaigns until justice is done to the victims of Zaria genocide of December, 2015 and Sheikh Zakzaky and all those still being held regain their freedom.


#Newsworthy…

Ohanaeze strives for 2023 Presidency

…to set up lobby group as northern group adopts El-Rufai, Onu


Igbo leaders rose from a crucial meeting, weekend, with a resolve to pursue both restructuring and emergence of Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.

They also asked other ethnic nationalities and zones, to as a matter of justice, equity and fairness, support the emergence of a president of Igbo extraction in 2023.


These were highlights of a nine-point communiqué at the 5th World Igbo Summit (WIS) held at the Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, from January 2 – 4.

They noted that there were three options left for Nigeria’s survival namely: to retain the dysfunctional status quo, to balkanise the country through a rash of successions and to reset or restructure the country to its federal origin.


They stated that the Igbo had cause to lead the campaign for a restructured Nigeria and stressed that the process should start with the restructuring of the social, cultural, political and economic systems of Ala-Igbo.

The Igbo leaders noted that the Igbo, as one of the tripods of the country, had not produced a president, hence the urgent need to reach out to other ethnic nationalities and zones to achieve support for president of Igbo extraction and restructuring.


They therefore mandated the leadership of Ohanaeze to constitute a high-powered lobby group for the project.

Part of the communiqué signed by Prof. George Obiozor, National Coordinator, and Dr. Ifedi Okwenna, Director General, of the summit group, read: “The leadership of all political parties should as a matter of justice, equity and fairness, cede the nomination of their presidential candidates to the South East.


“That the President-General should in consultation with Ime-obi constitute a Pan-Igbo organizing Committee to develop and pursue a sustainable strategic plan of action for the “handshake outreach” across Nigeria.

“The handshake programme should cumulate in a grand finale during which the harmonized positions of the alliance-zones would be adopted and publicized as a basis of a joint bill of the people to the National Assembly; to pass into law and use as a document for convoking a national conference for restructuring.


“The alliance-zones would use the harmonised positions to commence the arduous task of lobbying and working with politicians, political parties, interest groups and other stakeholders to come on board the movement for restructured Nigeria.

“On its part, Ohanaeze Ndigbo will sustain a vigorous publicity, press campaigns, sustained education and mobilisation of the electorates and encourage peaceful mass rallies in support of the restructuring project.


“In pursuit of these demands and rights, all these resolutions will be done in accordance with the principles of municipal and international laws and best practices.”

However, a northern socio-political group, Rundunar Mai Gaskiya, has endorsed Kaduna Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai as its preferred presidential candidate and deputy respectively.


In a statement by its president, Aminu Ahmad Brano and vice president, Abubakar Isyaku, the group said after wider consultations across board, particularly in the northern states, it adopted El-Rufai for his leadership qualities, trust creation and confidence building between him and the Nigerian people, mostly the northerners.

The group also adopted Minister for Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, as it preferred candidate for the office of the vice president.


According to the group, the minister is a man of strong integrity, detribalised, well educated, loyal to a fault, patient, genuine and believes that God’s time is the best.

Pairing Onu with El-Rufai will bring peace and more progress to the country, the group said.

“Onu has been aligning himself politically with the North at all times. He is supportive of the northern agenda and mostly, his contributions and support of the northern interest in 2015.”

The group insisted that the north should reciprocate Onu’s numerous gestures. They also added that Onu was the majority choice of the South East for the office from their consultations. The group further pleaded with the southern people of the country to allow the north another single term stating that death could not allow the late Musa Yar’Adua serve out his tenure.


#Newsworthy…

El-rufai’s son, Bello mocks Shehu Sani’s arrest by EFCC.


Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s son, Bello who reacted to report of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arresting former Kaduna lawmaker Shehu Sani over an alleged extortion, disclosed that he was trained to destroy his political opponents.

Bello who alongside his father have been at loggerheads with Shehu Sani, stated that ”there’s a limit to how deceit under the veil of populism can take one.”

He tweeted;

“There are reports that former Senator and current contender for best blogger of 2019, ”Comrade“ Shehu Sani has just been arrested by the EFCC operatives on a fraudulent related case. There’s a limit to how deceit under the veil of populism can take you. A leopard and spots.”

I was trained to destroy my opponents - El-Rufai

After a Twitter user commented on how much Bello will love the news than anyone else, the Kaduna Governor’s son wrote in a now deleted tweet “I was trained to destroy my opponents.”

I was trained to destroy my opponents - El-Rufai


#Newsworthy…