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Commissioner-nominee Rejected Over Criticism Of El-Rufai’s Policies

Commissioner-nominee Rejected Over Criticism Of El-Rufai’s Policies

The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Thursday, rejected Aliyu Jaafaru, a commissioner nominee for Agriculture.

Jaafaru was sent to the house for screening by governor Nasir El-Rufai.

The nominee was, however, rejected by the lawmakers due to his alleged criticism of the El-Rufai administration on social media.

Aminu Shagali, the house speaker, who presided over the plenary, said the rejection was as a result of his criticism against the present government on since 2017.

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Shagali said Jafaaru had been criticizing the government’s polices on education since 2017, including the disengagement of unqualified teachers in the state.

While quoting some of his posts, the speaker said “in your face book account, you said there was nothing like making Kaduna State great again.

“It is a deceptive clinch used by politicians to deceive the masses; we will make Kaduna great at the 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 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 glitter is not gold hence there is nothing authoritarian in insisting on the truth and never speak the truth.

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

Addressing journalists shortly after the plenary, house committee chairman  on Media and Public Affairs, Tanimu Musa, said the rejection of the governor’s nominee was as a result of his criticism of the present administration.

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

“He has been criticizing the government, so why did he want to work with the government you have been criticizing.”


Other nominees screened include, Thomas Gyang as commissioner for Planning and Budget, Hassan Mahmud, commissioner in the governor’s office for Riots, Damage, Rehabilitation and Resettlement and Atiku Musa as Auditor General.

The House also urged the auditor general to update the account audit of each local government in the state.

The speaker of the house also announced that the deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, would serve as the acting commissioner for health, pending when a substantive commissioner would be appointed.

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