Governor Nasir el-Rufa'i of Kaduna State says Thursday's protests embarked upon by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Kaduna State against the dismissal of thousands of workers will not change his government's position on the matter.
Seven governors, including Gov. Nasiru el-Rufa'i of Kaduna State, on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and reiterated the need for him to re-contest in the 2019 presidential election.
El-Rufai who was accompanied to the meeting by Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Simon Lalong of Plateau, Abubakar Bello of Niger, Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe, Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, said they went to felicitate with the president and are satisfied that the president is getting better. We have no apologies for that.
Seven Northern governors after a meeting with President Buhari declared him fit to run for a second term based on their belief in his governance. We have no apologies for that.
His words: "Whether they are right or wrong is besides the point". Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion but as governors, and most of us here with the exception of Yobe governor, are first-term governors.
Earlier, some of the governors had joined Buhari to observe Jumat prayers inside a mosque located near his office.
Meanwhile, Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje told State House correspondents latter that the governors visited on separate purposes but made a decision to meet with the President together after the prayers to say "hello".
He said: "We are seven in number here, but we came separately, not for any objective. It's just a coincidence that we met in the Mosque and some joined us later and we chose to go and greet him".
The governor said: "I think the concern of the police was because of the precarious situation in the country and particularly in Kaduna".
We have announced that in line with the public service rule, we will pay three months severance pay and we have provided incentives for those that are retiring to go through the retirement training.
On whether he would step back from his position to sack the teachers, he added: "There is nothing to step back on".
"We are interested in continuity and stability and we want the president to continue with that".
He stressed: "I did not direct the police to stop the workers". For me, the right to protest is guaranteed by the constitution provided you don't go violent and you don't violate any laws. And the last time they did such a thing they attacked the State House of Assembly, and a legislator for which they have filed criminal charges. So this is the concern, the concern is the break down of law and order and not protest or strike.