News has emerged that the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufa’i has commenced receiving lectures as a part-time PhD student of Philosophy in Governance and Policy Analysis at the United Nations University-Merit, Netherlands.

This is a confirmation that Governor el-Rufai, is ‘not ill and flown abroad for medical attention’ as being peddled in some quarters.

An online publication by the University dated March 7, 2017 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!”

Also, a tweet by one of the lecturers of the university, read, “I’m looking forward to teaching H.E.@elrufai in November, student at UNU Merit/Maastricht University.”

A top government official, who remarked under anonymity because he was not permitted to speak on the matter, told PUNCH Newspaper that “The governor is not sick but he is attending a programme abroad.

“That is why the Deputy Governor, Mr. Barnabas Yusuf-Bala, is presently acting Governor pending the return of the governor after the programme.”

Recall that the Deputy governor also received President Muhammadu Buhari last Friday when he returned from medical vacation.