The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has returned to school as a part-time PhD student of philosophy in governance and policy analysis at the United Nations University-Merit, Netherlands.
This is coming on the heels of reports which indicated that the governor was ill and had been flown abroad for medical attention after he was absent to receive the president on Friday when he arrived.
An online publication by the university dated Tuesday, March 7, 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!
Dr Joe Abah, the director-general of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms in Nigeria, who is a lecturer at the school, also confirmed El-Rufai’s participation in the course via a tweet.
Moreso, a statement from a government official reads:
The governor is not sick but he is attending a programme abroad. That is why the deputy governor, Mr Barnabas Yusuf Bala, is presently the acting governor pending the return of the governor after the programme.