Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district has called for a clinical examination of the mental state of Kaduna governor, Nasir el-Rufai.

Sani has written to the Federal Neuro-psychiatric Hospital in Kaduna asking that the psychiatric evaluation be carried out.

His letter is concerning el-Rufai’s speech cursing Kaduna senators over the rejection of a $350 million World Bank loan.

Sani, in the letter addressed to the hospital’s Chief Medical Director, described El-Rufai’s speech as a call to violence, adding that it is in the best interest of the nation that the governor’s mental state be examined.

“As a citizen and a serving Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I am concerned that such inciting expletives and profanity could be uttered by a public servant who is also the security officer of a state.

“The open call to violence, disorder and inflammatory predisposition of a man who occupies such an exalted office is. in my humble opinion symptomatic of a paranoid personality disorder.”

“It is in the safe interest of the state and the nation, that the mental state of the governor is clinically and professionally verified”, the letter insisted.

Sani said El-Rufai is notorious for inciting groups against another in order to perpetuate evil agenda, adding that the psychiatric test should be treated with urgency.


He further stated that the outcome of the result would assist him to move a motion in the Senate that public officers and their appointees should be undergoing psychiatric and drug-related tests regularly.

The letter was copied to the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) and the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria.