Mixed reactions as El-Rufai sacks Balarabe Musa’s son

Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai

MIXED reactions followed the sudden retirement of the eldest son of former Governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Musa from Kaduna State Civil Service yesterday, when Governor Nasir El-Rufai ordered the sack of three permanent secretaries in the state.

Ibrahim, Balarabe Musa’s son, was the Permanent Secretary, Youth, Sports and Culture before his retirement, while the other two permanent secretaries also affected were that of Local Government, Adamu Makadi and the Accountant General, Ishaku Shekari.

The statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Governor, Malam Samuel Aruwan, said that the state government has directed “the retirement of Adamu Makadi (permanent secretary, Local Government), Ibrahim Balarabe Musa (permanent secretary, Youth, Sports and Culture) and Ishaku K. Shekari (accountant-general).

“They were directed to hand over to the most senior director in their ministries. The governor has expressed the appreciation of the state for the services of the retired officials.”

When The Guardian contacted him for reaction, Ibrahim Balarabe Musa, who expressed shock and disbelief on the decision said, “see, I am just hearing about my retirement from you. I have not been contacted about it and I just left my office some few minutes ago.”

According to him, “I am now 33 years in service and the retirement age is 35 years. You can see what I am saying. That apart, the governor was in my office yesterday (Monday) and I took him round. He never expressed dissatisfaction and we related well all through. I cannot believe this story about my retirement, I will cross check please.”

However, the governor’s Media Aide, Aruwan, said that as part of the ongoing reorganisation of the public service for greater effectiveness, the Kaduna State Government has announced the appointment of a new Accountant-General, Alhaji Umar Hassan Waziri.

Aruwan added that, “The new accountant-general is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He studied Accounting at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and graduated in 1995. Born in Zaria in 1971, Waziri has worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company as internal auditor.”

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1 Comment
  • nuelsymbol

    This is Murtala/Obasanjo introduction to civil service ” sack without pay, sack on health ground , sack with ignominy and which ruined the fabric of civil service till today. Since we are no longer in the Military era and Permanent Secretary is by promotion and not a political appointment , if you are so desperate to relieve him of that post, you should have sent him on post -retirement leave . I have always regarded this type of action most uncivilized . Gov El-Rufai would probably noticed that nobody hailed his action.