Mallam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, the Governor of Kaduna State has temporarily relinquished power to his deputy in order to complete his PhD programme in the Netherlands.

El-Rufai is currently a part-time PhD student of philosophy in governance and policy analysis in United Nations University-Merit, Netherlands.

An official statement was released to announce the decision by the Nigerian governor.

Recently it was rumored that the Northern governor who has been considered as the President’s most trusted confidante, was ill and rushed to a hospital outside the country.

The recent statement from a reliable source has shown there was no truth to the claims. It was published by Punch Newspapers.

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“The governor is not sick but he is attending a programme abroad. That is why the deputy governor, Mr Barnabas Yusuf Bala, is presently the acting governor pending the return of the governor after the programme,”

Further confirmation came from a tweet from Dr Joe Abah, the director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in Nigeria.


Dr Abah is a lecturer at the school where El-rufai will be obtaining his PhD, UNU-Merit, Netherlands.

The tweet also showed a picture of the Nigerian governor in the midst of other students.


El-Rufai was the former Director General of The Bureau of Public Enterprises and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It was once reported that El-Rufai at the beginning of President Buhari’s administration, was considered the unofficial yet the de facto vice president of Nigeria.

In a surprising fashion, Premium Times published excerpts of a 30-paged memo from the governor to the just returned President.

The memo contained blunt expressions stressing that the ruling party has utterly failed the country.

“In very blunt terms, Mr. President, our APC administration has not only failed to manage expectations of a populace that expected overnight ‘change’ but has failed to deliver even mundane matters of governance outside of our successes in fighting BH insurgency and corruption,”

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He accused a certain inner cabinet of misleading the president with their ill advises. He also said that the past administration may have contributed to the present economic state of the nation but letting the nation slide deep into recession is a fault on the part of Buhari administration.

“We were elected precisely because Nigerians knew that the previous administration was mismanaging resources and engaged in unprecedented waste and corruption.”

“We must, therefore, identify the roots of our enduring economic under-performance as a nation, and present a medium-term national plan and strategy to turn things around.”

Many wonder what might have prompted the memo and if this will severe the relationship between the president and the governor. Governor El-rufai gave his answer in the memo, stating that the memo was written as a matter of obligation to the presidency.

El-Rufai said that president Buhari made great impact in his political career. Showing his solidarity, he urged the president to run for the next election in 2019, calling him the “only hope” for Nigeria.

“You have to run again in 2019 if your objectives of national restoration, economic progress and social justice are to be attained in the medium and long term.”