Aisha Alhassan, minister of women affairs, says the statement attributed to her on the involvement of Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna state governor, in the kidnap of over 200 Chibok school girls in 2014, is false.
Dantsoho Suleiman, Alhassan’s spokesman, in a statement, said the comment is a “plot to cause bad blood between senator Jummai and her APC colleagues”.
The minister has of late been in the news for her endorsement of Abubakar Atiku, former vice-president, for the presidency in 2019.
Reacting, El-Rufai had said supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari opposed his choice of Alhassan as a minister as “she was never in the Buhari camp”.
To counter online chatter that she made accusations against the governor, the statement read: “The current APC government under President Buhari inherited series of problems from the past administration, the kidnap of the Chibok girls by the dreaded Boko Haram happens to be one of them and President Buhari and our military has been able to rescue some of them and checked Boko Haram’s excesses.
“Senator Jummai is not in possession of any security report and therefore will never have made the statement allegedly made by her against the person of governor El-Rufai.
“Boko Haram kidnapped many others, including women and children apart from Chibok Girls. And this government has been able to rescue most of them.
“The plot to cause bad blood between Senator Jummai And Her APC Colleagues will continue to hit brick wall.”
Meanwhile, Alhassan has accused Femi-Fani Kayode, a former minister of aviation, of peddling “falsehood, lies and propaganda” over the statement attributed to her.
Fani-Kayode, on Twitter, asked Alhassan to disclose all she knows about the governor’s role in the “Chibok girls scam and Boko Haram”.
But Alhassan denied the statement in a reply tweet to Kayode, saying “it is demeaning on your person to deliberately engage in peddling false”.