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El-rufai Hands over to Deputy, Enrolls for School in Netherlands

Kaduna state governor, Nasir Ahmad El-rufai has left the country for Netherlands, handing over the government to his deputy, Mr Barnabas Yusuf Bala.
According to the state government, El-Rufai, commenced receiving lectures as a part-time PhD student of philosophy in governance and policy analysis at the United Nations University-Merit, Netherlands.

The Kaduna state government made this known in a statement after rumours started flying round that the governor was ill and has been flown abroad for medical attention.
An online publication by the university dated Tuesday, March 7, at 8.23pm noted that the university had received new intakes and among them was El-Rufai.

The university said: “Yesterday a new batch of students started our Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC2). Good luck to all!”

Dr Joe Abah, the director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in Nigeria, who is a lecturer at the school, also confirmed El-Rufai’s participation in the course via a tweet.
While the governor is away for study, many believe that his decision to go back to school is part of a ploy for the 2019 President election.

El-rufai who is known as a die-hard Buhari loyalist made some shocking comments the day the President returned to Nigeria from his 51 days medical vacation.
In a 30-page memo published by Sahara Reporters, El-rufai criticized President Buhari. He touched several areas, ranging from the ailing economy, the dynamics of the nation’s politics, lack of unity within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the poor relationship between the president and the National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, and other party leaders, including the APC governors.

He said Buhari was yet to have control over the party structures and blamed the situation partly on the people who were advising the president.
He said many of the party leaders – like Tinubu, the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, and Musa Kwankwaso – were feeling aggrieved that they were most often not consulted by the president or by those that the president assigned such duties to.

El-Rufai said Buhari’s closest aides like the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and the president’s Chief of Staff weren’t fit to manage the president’s politics.
El-Rufai, a well-known political ally of Buhari, said bluntly in the memo that the APC administration under Buhari has failed to live up to the expectations of Nigerians who voted the party into power.

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