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Ganduje sacks aide over comment against Buhari

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• As Security Picks Aide Hours After Comments
• PDP Seeks Yakasai’s Unconditional Release

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has finally terminated appointment of his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai over his recent comment against President Muhammad Buhari.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who conveyed the governor’s directive in a statement, yesterday, said the sack is with immediate effect.

According to the statement, Ganduje regretted that Salihu failed to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern and, therefore, cannot be allowed to continue to serve in a government he does not believe in.

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The governor also warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing superfluous controversy.

This comes even as security agents arrested Yakasai. Salihu, a social media activist, was picked Friday evening at his residence few hours after his social media outburst against President Muhammadu Buhari.

Elder statesman and Commissioner for Information in the Second Republic in Kano, Alh. Tanko Yakasai confirmed arrest of his son to journalists through a telephone call yesterday.

Yakasai Senior, who was not specific on the operatives’ identity, said his son was apprehended in his neighbourhood on his way to the salon. He explained that Salihu had already been moved to Abuja.

Spokesperson of Kano State Police Command, DSP Abdullai Haruna, said he was not aware of the development. He, however, pleaded for time to cross check.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sought the immediate and unconditional release of Salihu Yakasai from security custody. The party described Salihu’s arrest and his alleged detention in a secret facility, as completely unacceptable.

The party in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, claimed that Salihu Yakasai’s ordeal is a sad reminder of the sudden disappearance of another known critic of the Buhari administration, Abubakar Idris, popularly known as Abu Hanifa Dadiyata, since August 2019.

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The PDP reminded agents of the APC-led administration that Nigeria is a democratic nation and that the rights of citizens, including their freedom of expression, within the ambit of the law, are firmly guaranteed in the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and as such, must be respected.

The party also condemned Ganduje’s decision, in summarily relieving Salihu Yakasai of his appointment, on the ground that his patriotic demand for a decisive action to end terrorism was contrary to APC government’s stand.  

The party said it was sad that Ganduje equally warned all political appointees and public servants in the state against such patriotic expressions like those made by Salihu.

“The action of Governor Ganduje has again heightened apprehensions on the alleged connection between APC leaders and the bandits pillaging our nation. This is because such stance has continued to embolden bandits, while frustrating patriotic citizens who are raising voices against acts of terrorism in our country…”

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