#EndSARS: Ganduje suspends media aide over attacks on Buhari

Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Sunday suspended his special adviser on media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai over some unguarded utterances on the person of President Muhammadu Buhari on social media.

It would be recalled that Yakasai on Twitter said President Buhari is insensitive and has no sympathy for Nigerians.

Mr Saliu Yakasai, who tweeted through his handle, @dawisu, was reacting to the President’s inability to address Nigerians amid the national outrage as well as the ongoing online and offline protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force in general.

According to the state commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who conveyed the governor’s directive in a statement on Sunday and made available to pressmen disclosed that the suspension is with immediate effect.

Malam Garba, however, noted that though the media aide claimed the comment is his personal opinion, as a public figure, it will be difficult to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern.

Ganduje, 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 Governor Ganduje to the policies and programmes of President Buhari’s administration.

It would, however, be recalled that before the IGP banned SARS, President Buhari met with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, together with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and had appealed for calm.

But Alhaji Mr Saliu Yakasai, a son to Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, the former special adviser on National Assembly matters to the former president, late Alhaji Shehu Shagari, believes President Buhari demonstrated insensitivity by not addressing the nation in a broadcast.

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