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Kaduna Lawmakers Kick Against El-Rufai’s Nominee, Refuse To Confirm Him As Commissioner

The Kaduna state house of assembly has rejected the nomination of Aliyu Abubakar as commissioner for agriculture.

Abubakar was said to be a critic of the Nasir El-rufai-led administration.

He had reportedly criticised some policies of the Kaduna governor on social media, especially on Facebook.

For that reason, the Kaduna lawmakers refused to confirm Abubakar’s nomination on Thursday.

Instead of confirming his nomination like other nominees, the speaker, Aminu Shagali, asked Abubakar why he wanted to serve in a government that he constantly attacks its policies.

“You criticized the same administration that is about to employ you now in one of your posts on Facebook. You said there’s nothing good about the education policy and attacked the governor,” he said.

”The governor still chose you based on merit. Your CV was chosen among 10 CVs presented to the governor. Do you think it’s honourable to accept this nomination? To work for an administration whom you think is a bad one?”

The speaker said since 2017, Abubakar has been criticising the education policy of the governor, which according to Shagali, is “one of the best”.

“In your Facebook account, you said there is nothing like making Kaduna state great again, it is a deceptive cliche used by politicians to deceive the masses, we will make Kaduna great at appropriate time,” the speaker said.

“You said 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 said you are an advocate of change that goes to the root and cause (of a problem) 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 speak truth.

“You also said that you detest insincerity as there are better ways of genuinely solving problems.”

However, despite being asked a barrage of questions, a perplexed Abubakar was not given time to defend himself.

In an interview with journalists shortly after the plenary session, chairman house committee on media and public affairs, Tanimu Musa, said the Abubakar’s nomination was rejected because he criticised the el-Rufai administration.

“The evil that men do lives even after them, Jaafaru has been a critic of this administration on social media. Why did he want to work with the government you have been criticising before,” Musa said.

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