Governor Nasir El-Rufai recently went down memory lane in recalling a joke in which the “people of Kaduna see those from Kano as their slaves”.
The governor said this while explaining what transpired between his former Chief of Staff and the former Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi.
During the last economic summit held in Kaduna, the immediate past Chief of Staff of the governor, Muhammed Sani Abdullahi, had addressed Sanusi as a former emir and Sanusi warned him not to try such again.
Shortly after this, he was redeployed to the Ministry of Budget and Planning Commission as Commissioner.
Many, particularly on social media, had attributed his redeployment to the encounter with Sanusi.
But during his media chat, El-Rufai clarified that the removal of the Chief of staff had nothing to do with his statement about Sanusi as speculated.
El-Rufai said those who linked the joke to his cabinet reshuffle do not know how government works.
He also said Mohammed Sani’s appointment as Chief of Staff drew attention to him and placed him under pressure because people thought he was brought to government house for a reason.
”I heard so many people saying on social media saying that it’s wrong to make the changes by taken this here and there. They even said I moved him to another ministry because my friend was not happy he addressed him as former Emir, all this is nonsense.