By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, says the relationship between him and Governor Nasir el-Rufai, has broken down irretrievably s a result of ideological differences.Shehu-Sani

Sani in an exclusive interview with Vanguard blamed the governor for the breakdown in their long cherished relationship, accusing him of pursuing capitalist and conservative policies to drive away the poor and the less privileged from the state as opposed to his welfarist and progressive disposition.
Sani explained that it was wrong for the governor to remove beggars and hawkers from the streets of Kaduna without making alternative arrangements for them, vowing to resist such inhuman move until the solutions were provided for the less privileged.

The activist said that he would never shy away shouting on behalf of destitute in the state, which the governor was trying to decimate all in a bid to be seen to be working for a clean and prosperous Kaduna State when majority of the people were living in squalour. Read More →

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Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Monday, said prominent politicians and influential personalities benefit from the Ramadan and Christmas welfare packages rather than the poor.nasir_el-rufai

Mr. El-Rufai was explaining the reason he scrapped the welfare package – distributing food items and gifts during Ramadan.

While hosting religious leaders last week, the governor said Kaduna State was broke and needed to tighten its finances to serve the people better.

He said the state government will no longer tolerate the siphoning of government resources in the guise of gifts to prominent politicians, public servants and famous figures, or the feeding of indigent persons during religious occasions; neither will it be involved in sponsoring people to religious events. Read More →

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By Luka Binniyat


KADUNA – Immediately after being sworn in as Kaduna State 22nd Goovernor, by the Chief Justice of Kaduna state, Justice Tanimu Zailani by 10:15am Friday, Mallam Nasir El Rufai addressed the state and said he was contributing 50% of his salary and allowances to Kaduna as a mark of his sacrifice. He said that his deputy, Arc. Balla Barnabas Bantex had also agreed to make the same sacrifice.

He however warned that it was a gesture he would also expect from citizens of the state when called upon to do so. Read More →

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The inauguration of Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State ended abruptly on Friday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that El-Rufai could not review the parade mounted by the police as some youths pelted dignitaries with water sachets, stones and other objects in the pavilion.

This prompted security agents to fire tear gas into the crowd at the Murtala Square, Kaduna.

NAN also reports that some dignitaries in the pavilion included the Emir of Zazzau, Dr Shehu Idris, and other traditional rulers in the State. Read More →

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Written by Misbahu Bashir, Kaduna

Kaduna State governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i, yesterday said his administration would not spare any official found guilty of stealing public funds.

He spoke in Kaduna shortly after receiving the report of the APC Transition Committee. He said he would not condone indiscipline, adding that any public official found guilty of stealing money would be made to return it. He said government would be forced to take severe actions against recalcitrant officials.
“This report is the beginning. we are trying to understand the government and see what has been left behind and we will see some more, I have said this and I will say it again, no one will take away the resources of this state without consequences. We are not going to let it happen. There will be full accountability for every penny that accrues to this state and any one that has taken the money for this state will he asked politely to return it and if he doesn’t, we will take actions that are not necessarily polite. Read More →

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Gov. Muktar Yero of Kaduna State on Wednesday dissolved the State Executive Council and terminated the appointment of all other political appointees in the state. Yero announced the decision during a valedictory session of the executive council in Kaduna.Yero

He also directed all political appointees in the state to immediately hand over the affairs of their ministries, parastatals and agencies to their immediate subordinates.

The governor expressed appreciation to the people of the state for the opportunity given him to serve them. Yero urged the people to make the necessary sacrifices for the incoming administration to succeed. He urged the residents to eschew “politics of bitterness” and strive to collectively work for the betterment of the state. Read More →

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JAMES DANJUMA profiles the President-elect and writes that attention will once again shift to Katsina State and Daura in particular, as General Muhammadu Buhari gears up to assume office on May 29.Buhari

In 11 days’ time, precisely May 29, Nigeria’s Fourth Republic would be ushering in its fourth President, 72-year-old retired General Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari’s journey to becoming the President-elect is a story on resilience: having ran unsuccessfully for the same office on three different occassions in 2003, 2007 and 2011 on different political platforms. Read More →

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