The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Thursday directed his lawyers to institute a legal action against The Union newspaper over a publication that he had declared owning N90 billion and 40 mansions.
This is contained in a statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, the governor’s spokesman and made available to newsmen in Kaduna.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai is dismayed by the blatant falsehood being practised as journalism by The Union newspapers.
“He has consequently directed his legal team to vigorously enforce his rights to protect his reputation from the vandalism of irresponsible hacks,” Aruwan stated.
The statement added taht The Union threaten to write a spurious story alleging N90 billion as his assets declaration without seeing the declaration made by the governor.
“The circle of blackmail that did the story claimed they heard a rumour, and they pursued the rumour so vigorously they transformed it into news.
“When some of their cohorts made contact with the governor’s media team insisting that they respond to rumour, they were told that it is better if they chose the more legitimate route of agitating for a public asset declaration.
“Fair minded people who read the story will notice that it is not grounded in any evidence, El-Rufai said.
“It is just the animus of blackmailers who regard Malam Nasir El-Rufai as easy prey.
“But since his reputation is not based on purchased kudos, he cannot be compelled into accommodation with venal people masquerading as journalists.
“Malam Nasir El-Rufai is a privileged Nigerian. He qualified as a chartered Quantity Surveyor early in life and became a dollar millionaire in his twenties.
“He is a respected leader in in his professional field but as successful as he has been in his career, he certainly has neither N90 billion nor 40 mansions.
“He will not be distracted from his total focus on making Kaduna great again. In this endeavour, he will continue to be accessible to practitioners of responsible journalism,” the statement further read in part.