Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reportedly sacked and redeployed his Chief of Staff, Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, two weeks after addressing Lamido Sanusi Lamido as a “former Emir of Kano.”
It is recalled that Abdullahi, while speaking at the Kaduna Investment Summit in September, has introduced Sanusi as former emir.
Sanusi, who was dethroned and replaced by Ado Bayero following corruption allegations in March 2019, took exception to Abdullahi’s description.
Speaking at the event, Sanusi, a former CBN governor, said he was not a former emir.
He said: “When I listened to the chief of staff… I will call him former chief of staff… You will understand why I call you ‘former’ later.
“Next time don’t call me ‘former Emir.’ There is nothing like that.”
A video of the exchange had drawn reactions on social media after Sani Abdullahi’s removal.
In a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, El-Rufai removed Abdullahi who had served as his Chief of Staff since 2019.
The Kaduna governor deployed him to the ministry of planning and budget where he would be commissioner.
The full list of the commissioners redeployed and their new portfolios is listed below:
Environment- Jaafaru Sani
Public Works and Infrastructure – Thomas Gyang
Education – Halima Lawal
Agriculture – Ibrahim Hussaini
Local Government – Shehu Usman Muhammad
Planning & Budget Commission – Muhammad Sani Abdullahi
Business, Innovation & Technology – Kabir Mato
Sports Development – Idris Nyam
The Governor also approved the deployment of the following officials: Umma Aboki, Permanent Secretary, Planning and Budget Commission; Murtala Dabo, Executive Chairman, Fiscal Responsibility Commission.
Others are Abubakar Hassan, DG, Kaduna State Contributory Health Management Authority (KADCHMA); Tamar Nandul, MD, Kaduna Markets Development and Management Company; Khalil Nur Khalil, ES, Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency (KADIPA), and Maimunatu Abubakar, GM, Kaduna Environmental Protection Agency (KEPA).