- Governor Nasir El-Rufai has disowned a statement by his aide, Saidu Adamu, apologising to journalists over frosty relationship between the governor and the media
- The governor, however, said Adamu's apology to journalists should be consider as the aide's personal opinion
Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has disowned a statement by one of his aides, Saidu Adamu, who recently apologised to journalists over what he described as a frosty relationship between the government and the media.
The senior special assistant to the governor on media and publicity, Samuel Aruwan, however, released a statement, saying Adamu's statement should be consider as his personal opinion and not a statement from the government, Vanguard reports.
The statement reads: “Alhaji Saidu Adamu is not the spokesperson of Malam Nasir El-Rufai and has never been. He has no mandate to speak for the governor or the government. His decision to address journalists is purely a personal adventure, and whatever he said to them amounts to his personal opinion and cannot be ascribed to the governor.
"Samuel Aruwan is the official designated to speak for the governor and the government of Malam Nasir El-Rufai. His appointment to this role was announced even before the governor took the oath of office in May 2015.
“The government’s media team observes a disciplined process of authorization and vetting in relation to official government statements. Malam El-Rufai will not brook individuals trying to pass off their personal opinions as his. He is well-known for the frank expression of his views."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that El-Rufai claimed that the holy Quran is against fake news.
The governor disclosed this on his Facebook page when he urged Nigerians to careful of what they read.
The governor's statement came following a report credited to Danladi Ciroma, a leader of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, who was alleged to have claimed that the killings of 120 people by suspected herdsmen was as a result of the stealing of 300 cows.