KADUNA State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, has debunked the insinuation in the social media that he walked out of a meeting where the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, had sought for his understanding on a particular matter.
Speaking with some selected journalists at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, on Tuesday, the governor maintained that the insinuation was not only false but was orchestrated by his political foes.
According to him, his relationship with the vice-president was excellent, saying there was never a time he walked out on him (Osinbajo).
He said the authors of such story were mischievous, “as I have never attended a meeting where the president and the vice-president were all in the same room.
“I think the only time where the president and the vice-president were around and I was in attendance was when the National Economic Council (NEC) was inaugurated by Mr President. He (president) came and delivered his address and left.”
Also, the governor cleared the rumour that he exchanged blows with his deputy, Bala Bandex, saying he had known the deputy governor since 1976 and had never argued with him.
“We think alike and act alike. We are going on weII. I think I did not make him like a spare tyre. If I am leaving the state, I write to the state assembly that he will be acting. He chairs the executive council meetings as well as the security council meeting. I was told this has never happened in Kaduna before and some people are not comfortable with that,” he said.
On the religious bill, he said it was sent to the state House of Assembly since October 15, 2015, adding that it was not a new bill as being speculated.
“It was first enacted in 1984 during the term of Air Vice Marshal Usman Mua’zu (retd) after the Maitsine uprising in 1982. The then military junta saw the need to regulate preaching in some states in the North.
“Many states are ready to do similar thing now. They have asked for the copy of our bill. I will not name the states,” he said.