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I never asked Nasir el-Rufai to deal with Shehu Sani – Buhari

Valentine Chinyem

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President Muhammadu Buhari has dissociated himself from a letter which went virile last weekend, which alleges that he instructed Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, to deal with Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani.

According to the letter, Buhari purportedly asked el-Rufai to deal with Sani for his disloyalty.

Speaking about the allegation in a statement, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, refuted the claim.

He said the President did not authorize
Nasir el-Rufai and has never authorized anyone to deal with any member of the All Progressives Congress, let alone Shehu Sani.

“We wish to confirm that the President is not aware of any such letter, let alone authorising anyone to deal with any party member,” he said.

“Given President Buhari’s record, it is inconceivable that he would usurp the role of the party leaders and instruct anyone to punish a party member.

“In the light of above, we would like to appeal to the public, especially members of the press, to ignore false or unauthorised information intended to attribute to the President any action which is not in line with his character.”

In the letter obtained from The Cable, an online media, which was reportedly written by el-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State, addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari:

“When your excellency traveled to London in April 2018 for medical consultation, Shehu Sani ridiculed it on Facebook as ‘Voyage to London, Season 3.

“In May 2018, he lamented what he said was Buhari’ s three years of failure to protect human lives.

“In the same month, he wrote that ‘Baba should protect his testicle from any man who always bends down to greet him.

“Your excellency will recall that earlier this year, you directed me to initiate processes to recall Shehu Sani from the senate to punish his repeated acts of contempt and disloyalty.

“Following your directive, our team in Kaduna studied what was being done in Kogi state regarding the recall of Dino Melaye and drew up a budget. Upon examination of the costs and loopholes in the recall process as brutally exposed in Dino Melaye’s case, and in recognition of the immense of preparations for the next elections, it was decided that it may be more prudent to oust him at the ballot.

“The party executives in his ward in Kaduna suspended him from APC in December 2015 for negative comments about your excellency. It was later extended to indefinite suspension in 2016.”