The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai has commenced receiving lectures as a part-time PhD student of Philosophy in Governance and Policy Analysis at the United Nations University-Merit, Netherlands.
An online publication by the University dated March 7, 2017 at 8:23pm noted that the university had received new intakes and among them was el-Rufai.
The university said, “Yesterday a new batch of students started our Dual Career Training Programme to obtain a PhD in governance and Policy Analysis (GPAC2). Good luck to all!”
Also, a tweet by one of the lecturers of the university, read, “I’m looking forward to teaching H.E.@elrufai in November, student at UNU Merit/Maastricht University.”
A top government official, who remarked under anonymity because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, told the media: “The governor is not sick but he is attending a programme abroad.
“That is why the Deputy Governor, Mr. Barnabas Yusuf-Bala, is presently acting Governor pending the return of the governor after the programme,”
This development contrasts insinuations on various social media platforms that the governor slumped and was reportedly flown abroad for medical attention.
El-Rufai, a first-class Quantity Surveyor graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, is also an alumnus of Harvard University.