Governor Ganduje suspends aide for criticising President Buhari – Report

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has suspended his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Yakasai, for criticising President Buhari.

Ganduje’s media aide, Yakasai had earlier spoken out in criticism of the president for staying silent and not addressing Nigerians amid the massive protests and calls for the scrapping of SARS.

In a statement released Sunday evening, October 11, 2020, the Kano State Government described Yakasai’s comments as “unguarded utterances” and announced that he has been suspended from his duties with immediate effect.

A part of the statement confirming the suspension of Ganduje’s media aide, Salihu Yakasai, over his criticism of President Buhari reads:

“Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has suspended his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai over some unguarded utterances on the person of President Muhammadu Buhari on the social media platform. The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who conveyed the governor’s directive in a statement this afternoon, said the suspension is with immediate effect.

“He said that though the media aide has owned up the indiscreet comment as his personal opinion, but that as a public figure, it will be difficult to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern. The governor, therefore, warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing unnecessary controversy and heating up the polity.”

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