Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has suspended his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s response to the #EndSARS protest.
In a statement by the state’s commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, on Sunday, Yakasai was accused of making “unguarded utterances on the person of President Muhammadu Buhari on the social media platform.”
The commissioner noted that though he had owned up to 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.”
The statement reaffirmed the commitment of Ganduje to the policies and programmes of Buhari’s administration.
Earlier on Sunday, Yakasai had knocked the Buhari-led administration for having “zero empathy.”
“I’ve never seen a government with zero empathy like that of president Buhari. So many times when his people are going through difficult time and expect some sort of tab on shoulder to reassure them that he is in charge, but he failed to do so. The I don’t care attitude is on another level,” he said in a now deleted tweet.
“To speak to your people over issues that are bedevilling them has become something like a favour you are doing to them. Over and over again, you cannot spare five minutes and address the nation to calm them down, the same people you went round to the 36 states to beg for their votes, its heartbreaking,” the suspended aide added in another tweet.
To speak to ur own ppl over issues that are bedevilling them has become something like a favour u're doing to them. Over & over again, u cannot spare 5mins & address the nation to calm them down, the same people u went to the 36 states to beg for their votes, its heartbreaking.
— Peacock (@dawisu) October 11, 2020