Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has on Sunday, 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 on Sunday and made available to PRIME TIME NEWS in Kano, said the suspension is with immediate effect.
He said that though the media aide has own 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.
The statement reaffirmed the commitment of Governor Ganduje to the policies and programmes of President Buhari’s administration.
Recall that Mr Ganduje’s media aide, Salihu Tanko Yankasai has 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.
Though President Buhari had met with the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, together with the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and had appealed for calm.
Ganduje’s aide believes that President Buhari demonstrated insensitivity by not addressing the nation in a broadcast.