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I’ll Clean Up El-Rufai’s Mess – Shehu Sani Says As He Declares Interest to Contest Kaduna Governorship Election
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I’ll Clean Up El-Rufai’s Mess – Shehu Sani Says As He Declares Interest to Contest Kaduna Governorship Election

Shehu Sani has declared interest to contest in the Kaduna governorship election in 2023. The former lawmaker who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly, disclosed this while speaking during a radio interview in Kaduna on Saturday. Sani said he was joining the race to rescue the state from the mess that had been created by Governor Nasir el-Rufai. The lawmaker said that he was throwing his hat in the ring on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, adding that it was left for the party to unite its members to form a government that will respect the will of the poor in Kaduna State. He said, “We sat with my loyalists and supporters and they wanted me to contest the governor of Kaduna State which I will do to remove APC, God willing; to remove...
Kaduna residents express joy over restoration of telecommunication services
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Kaduna residents express joy over restoration of telecommunication services

Following the restoration of telecommunication services in parts of Kaduna on Friday, residents have expressed delight with the decision of Governor Nasir El-Rufai-led government, saying it is a welcome development. DAILY POST recalls that the Kaduna State government shut down telecommunication services in some parts of the state for almost two months following heightened insecurity to curtail the activities of bandits in the state. Briefing newsmen on Friday in Kaduna, the state Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan explained that the state had during the shut down of telecommunications services recorded a lot of success against the activities of the bandits. Residents who spoke to DAILY POST on the restoration of the telecommunication servic...
Ground can make powerful being slip – Prophet warns Amaechi, Wike, El-Rufai, Abiodun, Akeredolu, others
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Ground can make powerful being slip – Prophet warns Amaechi, Wike, El-Rufai, Abiodun, Akeredolu, others

Apostle Paul Okikijesu of the Christ Apostolic Miracle Ministry has released a series of prophecies concerning Nigerian Transport Minister, Chibuike Amaechi; Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and Yahaya Bello of Kogi State. The prophecy also concerns Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, among others. Speaking about Wike and Amaechi, Okikijesu warned the duo not to continue to cause trouble in Rivers State. The Pastor, who claimed to have heard directly from God, said, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: I have previously sent messages to Governor Wike and I have sent messages to Amaechi, for them not to foment trouble.” According to him, both men must be filled with the fear of the Lord and...
Twitter Ban: Governor El-Rufai shares new tweets, explains why he did so
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Twitter Ban: Governor El-Rufai shares new tweets, explains why he did so

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has explained why he shared new tweets despite the Nigerian government suspending the social media giant's operation in the country. The Kaduna state Governor made a return on the platform by acknowledging a tweet celebrating his accomplishment as FCT Minister. When a Twitter user asked if he is using VPN, El-Rufai disclosed that he is outside Nigeria and will be there for some days, so he'll be tweeting for the time being.
”Religion has been weaponized”- Gov El-Rufai decries level of religious crisis in Kaduna state
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”Religion has been weaponized”- Gov El-Rufai decries level of religious crisis in Kaduna state

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has decried the high level of religious crisis recorded in the state. The North-Central state has witnessed an unprecedented number of religious clashes over the years, mainly between the Muslim and Christian communities. Speaking while inaugurating the Council To Regulate Religious Preaching in the state, El-Rufai said it is sad that religion has been weaponized so much that something that should bring God's creatures together now tears them apart. ''Most of the residents of Kaduna State are very religious, like other Nigerians. But Kaduna State is unfortunately one of the states in the country with a sad history of religious clashes. The personal exercise of faith and the better conduct and character that spirituality promotes helps society to progress. But ...
It is foolish to sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and say whether northerners want it or not they must relinquish power to the south – El-Rufai
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It is foolish to sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and say whether northerners want it or not they must relinquish power to the south – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that it is foolish for Southern politicians to demand for power shift while sitting in Lagos or Port Harcourt. In a chat with journalists, El-Rufai said a power shift is only possible if Southern politicians sit with their counterparts in the North for dialogue and support. He also reiterated that he is not saying that rotational presidency can't be done. El-Rufai said; “We are not saying there cannot be rotational presidency, it can be done but you have to come and sit with the politicians in the north and dialogue and then we agree to give our support to the south but no one has the right to sit in Lagos or Port Harcourt and say whether northerners want it or not, they must relinquish power to the south, that is wrong, it is not h...
Only Buni knows why Fani-Kayode was allowed into APC – El-Rufai
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Only Buni knows why Fani-Kayode was allowed into APC – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has stated his position on the defection of former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode to the All Progressives Congress, APC. El-Rufai said only APC leaders who brought Fani-Kayode back into the party could explain why they allowed him. He stated his position while responding to journalists who asked for his response on Fani-Kayode’s defection at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday. According to El-Rufai: “I don’t comment on the decisions and actions of the leaders of the party. They have the job of running the party and they have to make the judgment on who to bring into the party. “And you know politics is a game of addition. So you want to add and add. And they have taken that decision. But I don’t comment on that because ...
We Don’t Award Preferential Cut-off Marks To Northerners – JAMB Tackles El-Rufai
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We Don’t Award Preferential Cut-off Marks To Northerners – JAMB Tackles El-Rufai

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has dismissed reports by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State accusing the board of giving preferential cut-off marks to students sitting for UTME in the north. Recall that El-Rufai told Channels TV that the board usually gives a lower cut-off mark to candidates from the northern region for admission to tertiary institutions. He however stated that for the sake of maintaining standards in the nation’s education sector such practice must stop and all candidates must be treated equally. According to him, the preferential treatment has been counterproductive as it has made northerners lazy, hence the need for JAMB to stop the act. Reacting in an interview with PUNCH, JAMB’s Head of Information and Media, Fabian Benjamin, said El-Rufai w...
Stop giving preferential scores to Northern students – Governor El-Rufai tells JAMB
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Stop giving preferential scores to Northern students – Governor El-Rufai tells JAMB

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has asked the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to stop giving preferential scores to Northern students in its exams. In an interview on Channels Television on Monday September 6, the Kaduna state Governor said standardization of the scores would make students from the North to be competitive nationally and internationally. The Governor also said that the differential JAMB scores has made Northern students lazy. Noting that schools in his state are currently closed based on the advice of security agencies, El-Rufai stated that they are confident that from next two weeks, they would start the gradual reopening of schools. He said;   “The North has always been behind in education, we’ve continuously been the disadvantaged r...
I regret that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in defeat or considerable degradation of criminals – El-Rufai
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I regret that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in defeat or considerable degradation of criminals – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed regret of his administration's investment in security not manifesting in defeat or considerable degradation of criminals in Kaduna state. Speaking during the presentation of the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Second Quarter of 2021, El-Rufai noted that there have been a total of 222 deaths in the state in the second quarter of 2021 resulting from violent attacks, communal clashes and reprisals. A total of 774 persons have also been kidnapped. He said; “As Governor of the state, it is a matter of profound regret for me that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in the defeat or the considerable degradation of the criminals. “The data on security incidents in the state during the second quarter of 2021...
Becoming President of Nigeria is a job too much for a man my age – Governor El-Rufai
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Becoming President of Nigeria is a job too much for a man my age – Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that he is too old to become the country's President. Speaking in an interview with BBC in Kaduna, the Governor also said that he is fed up with being linked with the presidency as has been the case in the last 15 years. El-Rufai said;   “Governing Nigeria is a serious job, which is obviously too much for a 62-year-old man. Look at me, look at my grey hair. If you see my picture when I was sworn in, my hair was very black but look at how it has become. “This is a very difficult job and that is just state governor, one state out of 36, a big one, yes; a difficult one, yes, but it is not the same as Nigeria. “I have been suffering this presidential ambition suspicion since 2006, I have suffered it for 15 years today, and I am sick a...
FG allowed irresponsible people cause hardship for Kaduna people with NLC strike – Governor El-Rufai
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FG allowed irresponsible people cause hardship for Kaduna people with NLC strike – Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has alleged that the federal government allowed irresponsible people to cause hardship for the people of Kaduna state under the guise of a Nigerian Labour Congress strike. The Kaduna state Governor in a media chat pointed out that there is a law which prohibits switching off electricity or water which will cause hardship to people. According to him, all these were witnessed during the strike. El-Rufai said;   “The federal government allowed some irresponsible people to cause hardship for our people. “The NLC said they were protesting against the sacking of workers, but we didn’t sack workers. All the reasons they gave for their strike were false. “There is a law in Nigeria which prohibits switching off electricity or water which will cause h...
Nobody Should Pay Ransom if I’m Kidnapped – El-Rufai’s wife
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Nobody Should Pay Ransom if I’m Kidnapped – El-Rufai’s wife

Hajia Asia El-Rufai, wife of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that there should be no payment of ransom should she be kidnapped. Asia who addressed participants of a peace and security training organized for Kaduna women by Equal Access International (EAI) on Wednesday June 9, stated that Nigerians must sacrifice to end banditry and kidnapping. She also said that she is ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if it will bring peace to the country. The Kaduna state Governor's wife said; "We must sacrifice to bring this to an end. I am ready to die in the hands of kidnappers if it will bring peace to this country. “For as long as you continue to pay ransome, it is like you are adding kerosene to fire. you are giving bandits, kidnappers money for ammunition to...
Bandits kill traditional ruler’s aide, his wife and daughter-in-law in Kaduna
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Bandits kill traditional ruler’s aide, his wife and daughter-in-law in Kaduna

Bandits have killed a local community official alongside his wife and daughter in-law at Golkofa in Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State.   The State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday May 9, said the assailants stormed the home of Sgt. Christopher Madaki (Rtd), a scribe to a Ward Head at Golkofa, Jema’a LGA on Saturday night, May 8, and shot him, his wife and his son’s wife dead.   "The three were later confirmed dead, while his son, Clement Musa Madaki survived with injuries inflicted on him by the assailants," Aruwan stated.   The scribe’s wife was identified as Mary Christopher Madaki, and his son's wife as Alice Musa. &n...
El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back
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El-Rufai is a Sycophant, Ethnic Champion and Religious Bigot who Hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him – Ortom Fires back

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has fired back at Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state after the latter described him as a failure and someone he doesn't take seriously. Ortom in a statement released by his media aide Terver Akase, alleged that the Kaduna state Governor is a sycophant, ethnic champion and religious bigot who hates anyone who does not share the same faith with him. He also claimed that El-Rufai’s attack on his person is merely to make him look good before the Presidency, after he fell out of favour at the Villa. The statement read; We read the statement credited to Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai in which he accused Governor Samuel Ortom of using the insecurity in his state to attack the Federal Government in order to cover up what he termed as t...
Ortom is not Someone I take Very Seriously, he is Using the Federal Government as a Punching bag to Distract Attention from his Failures – El-Rufai
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Ortom is not Someone I take Very Seriously, he is Using the Federal Government as a Punching bag to Distract Attention from his Failures – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has lashed out at Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state who he described as a failure. Speaking after a video of Ortom addressing protesters after some killings in Benue State was played during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group, El-Rufai stated that the Benue state Governor is not someone he takes seriously. He further claimed that Ortom attacks the federal government to hide his failure. El-Rufai said; “I did not hear what Governor Ortom said (in the video) but I know him and he is not somebody I take very seriously, frankly. He has other issues of governance that he is using the Federal Government as a punching bag to distract attention from his failures. “Go and find out how many months’ salaries are being owed teache...
2023: You Cannot Get the Presidency of Nigeria by Threats or by Shouting Victim Hood- Gov El-Rufai tells Southeast
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2023: You Cannot Get the Presidency of Nigeria by Threats or by Shouting Victim Hood- Gov El-Rufai tells Southeast

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has advised the Southeast to actively engage people from other parts of Nigeria if it has a serious desire to produce the next president of the country. The governor said this when he spoke during a webinar organized by the Africa Leadership Group with the theme ‘Developing a Viable Nation 2’. According to El Rufai, the presidency would not come to the Southeast region through threats to pull out of Nigeria or playing the victim card. “I don’t think anyone has stopped the South-East from going for the Presidency. But you see, you cannot get the Presidency of Nigeria by threats or by shouting victim hood. This is a political process and you have to engage other parts of Nigeria to convince them to support you. That is what everyone does....
We are Looking at Building Schools 30 Minutes from Military Installations – El-Rufai
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We are Looking at Building Schools 30 Minutes from Military Installations – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that his administration is considering building schools 30 minutes from military installations. El-Rufai who disclosed this during a programme on Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Friday April 23, said the decision became necessary because what Kaduna state is facing with bandits is "beyond the capacity" of civil defence and police. He said; “In our view in Kaduna, first (way to address the situation) is to ensure that schools are fenced, because, unless we fence schools, we will give easy access to criminals. So, fencing schools is very important, and that’s a budgetary item; you need money to build fences. “The second is to have enough (security operatives) on ground. We must have more civil defence (officers), more private security gua...
2023: There Is No Zoning Agreement In APC – Yahaya Bello
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2023: There Is No Zoning Agreement In APC – Yahaya Bello

Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has denied reports that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had a zoning arrangement ahead of the 2023 presidential election. There have been growing calls for the APC to zone the 2023 presidential ticket to the Southern part of Nigeria. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State had said that the southern region of the country should be allowed to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023. The governor joined his Kaduna counterpart, Governor Nasir El-Rufai and other prominent northern politicians who had made similar calls in recent days. But speaking to reporters in Abuja over the weekend, Yahaya Bello said anyone from any zone was free to contest for presidency in 2023, as there was no zoning arrangement in the APC. He said:...
How Old Men Like Me Can Be Chased Out Of Politics – El-Rufai
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How Old Men Like Me Can Be Chased Out Of Politics – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has given young persons the clue they can use in chasing “old men like me out of politics”. Speaking at ‘Radio Now’s Urgent Conversation’ in Lagos on Friday, he called on youths, corporate professionals and religious leaders to join active politics to contribute their quota and make the country work. El-Rufai also said protests or activism will not take anybody anywhere until good people surrender themselves for public service and endure the humiliation associated with serving fatherland. He said, “Good people must offer themselves for public service and suffer the indignity that we all suffer every day, we get abused, we get insulted, we get accused but we must have our best people in public service, we must have our bet people in polit...
We need to support our security agencies with superior weapons and not with prayers – El-Rufai
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We need to support our security agencies with superior weapons and not with prayers – El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has stated that Nigerian security agencies need to be supported with superior weapons and not with prayers.   The Kaduna state Governor said this at a town hall meeting organised by the national security adviser, which had governors from the north-west region and traditional rulers in attendance.   El-Rufai who noted that security should be the number one priority of the government and collective responsibility of all citizens, decried the attacks carried out on miltary men by bandits.   He said;   “This town hall meeting is not complete without other stakeholders because of the short notice. So, we agreed that this north-west be reconvened in the next two weeks. The date will be announced by the NSA and COAS. “Bandit...
I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje
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I think El-Rufai doesn’t understand the issue of insecurity – Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that he believes his counterpart in Kaduna state, Governor Nasir El-Rufai does not understand the issue of insecurity very well. Reacting to El-Rufai's comment of North West Governors not winning the fight against insecurity in the region because they are fighting differently, Ganduje recalled speaking with El-Rufai and the governor of Bauchi State on how to tackle insecurity.   In the interview on Radio France International on Thursday February 11, Ganduje said he initiated the conversation based on the advice of security agents on how Falgore forest in Kano could be made safe for the benefits of other states. He said; “First of all. the talk about lack of synergy, I don’t see where this statement is coming from. Secu...
El-Rufai Is Prudent, Not Stingy — Wife, Hadiza
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El-Rufai Is Prudent, Not Stingy — Wife, Hadiza

Kaduna State first lady Hadiza El-Rufai says her husband Governor Nasir El-Rufai is not stingy, but Prudent. Mrs El-Rufai stated this in the wake of the trending Stingy Men Association of Nigeria. She tweeted on Wednesday: “My man is not stingy. Just prudent.” Members of the supposed association have been given online identity cards. Among them are music executive Don Jazzy, singer Mr Eazi and a former presidential aide Reno Omokri. Social media users have coined other terms such as Close Legs Association and Cheerful Givers Association to state their own side of the discourse.
Some Persons Sat On APC Report On Restructuring – Osoba
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Some Persons Sat On APC Report On Restructuring – Osoba

A former governor of Ogun State, Olusegun Osoba, alleged yesterday that some powerful persons frustrated the detailed report by the All Progressives Congress (APC) on restructuring of the country. Osoba expressed shock that the report by the Governor Nasir el-Rufai-led committee on restructuring was yet to be implemented despite its adoption by all organs of the party. The APC stalwart who disclosed this while speaking as a guest on ARISE News also joined the call by some APC leaders for the Southern region to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023. He said the idea of power rotation was part of the gentlemanly understanding that was reached during the merger that formed the APC. While stressing that founding members of the APC refused to put zoning in the p...
“We are called chief security officers only in name” – El-Rufai speaks on killings and insecurity
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“We are called chief security officers only in name” – El-Rufai speaks on killings and insecurity

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has commented on the widespread killings and insecurity witnessed across the country.   In an interview on Channels Television on Monday November 30, the Kaduna state Governor disclosed that he and other Governors are frustrated with the current security architecture.   El-Rufai who noted that the governors are only called chief security officers in name, stated that they have no control over the police. He also disclosed that he doesn't have a say in who gets posted to his state as Commissioner of Police, and those appointed can also flag his directive or get it cleared by the Inspector-General of police before carrying it out.   Watch the video below.....   View this post on Instagram ...
There is no excuse to destroy or kill policemen, even though there may be some bad eggs in the police– Governor El-Rufai
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There is no excuse to destroy or kill policemen, even though there may be some bad eggs in the police– Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has decried the killing of policemen following the violence that erupted during the hijacked #EndSARS protest. The Kaduna state Governor who said this after the meeting of the Northern Governors Forum and traditional rulers as well as other key stakeholders in the region on Monday November 2, avered that the police must be supported to discharge their duties. El-Rufai further disclosed that they have agreed on community policing that will transmute into state police when the constitution is amended. He said;   “We support the police, we believe that there may be some bad eggs in the police just as there are bad eggs in any organisation, but it is no excuse to destroy or kill policemen. “We hope to expand the footprints and the effectiveness ...
We have no excuse, we have to restructure Nigeria — Governor El-Rufai
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We have no excuse, we have to restructure Nigeria — Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has called for the restructuring of Nigeria which he said will strengthen federalism and achieve national cohesion and healthy subnational competition.   The Kaduna state Governor who said this at a public lecture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Arewa House held in Kaduna on Saturday October 31, back his campaign for restructuring with the 2018 recommendations of the APC committee.   El-Rufai recalled that the APC Committee on True Federalism proposed significant devolution of powers between the national government and the 36 States, and recommended further devolution of responsibilities between the States and Local Governments depending on local circumstances, culture, capacity and capability.  The Governor further stated that they have...
Sanusi Visits El-rufai, Appreciates Him For Being A True Friend (Video)
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Sanusi Visits El-rufai, Appreciates Him For Being A True Friend (Video)

Former Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II has said Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state was the first person to show up whenever he was in need of friends and the whole world knows. The former Emir who made this known when he paid a courtesy call on the governor at Sir Kashim Ibrahim House on Sunday, explained that he had decided that el-Rufai will be the first person he will visit when he steps out of Lagos. Sanusi II said that he was in the Government House Kaduna, to thank Governor El-Rufai for his friendship, his service to the state and the country at large. The former monarch also expressed appreciation on his appointment as Chancellor of the Kaduna State University (KASU) and Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna Invest Promotion Agency (KADIPA). ...
El-rufai: 100 Muslim Kaduna Lawyers Threaten To Boycott NBA Conference
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El-rufai: 100 Muslim Kaduna Lawyers Threaten To Boycott NBA Conference

No fewer than 105 Muslims lawyers in Kaduna have indicated their intention to boycott the proposed Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) conference following the withdrawal of the invitation earlier given to Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State. This development was disclosed by an executive member of the Muslim Lawyers Council (MULAC), Kaduna State, Barrister Suleiman Shuaib while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna on Saturday Shuaib who was the immediate past state chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) said: “We have gathered over 105 signatures of our members who said they don’t have anything to do with the conference. “I want to put it on record, that so far no fewer than 105 lawyers that we collected their signatures under MULAC would be boycotting. Yes, we are expecting...

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