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For criticizing El-Rufai on Facebook, Kaduna Assembly refuses to confirm commissioner nominee



The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Thursday rejected Aliyu Jaafaru, who was nominated by Governor Nasir El-Rufai as Commissioner for Agriculture.

Jaafaru, who appeared before the assembly for screening, was rejected because he allegedly criticised some policies of the Kaduna governor on social media, especially on Facebook.

Speaker, Aminu Shagali, who presided over the plenary, said Jafaaru had been criticising one of the best policies of the present administration on education since 2017.

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

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“It is a deceptive cliché 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.”

In an interview with journalists shortly after the plenary, the Chairman, Assembly Committee 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,” Musa said.

Other nominees screened include, Thomas Gyang – 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.

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