Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has suspended his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Salihu Tanko Yakasai, over some adverse comments on the person of President Muhammadu Buhari on the social media.
Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, who conveyed the governor’s directive in a statement on Sunday afternoon, said the suspension took effect immediately.
He said the aide had owned up the comment to be his personal opinion, but as a public figure, it would 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 commissioner said.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the governor to the policies and programmes of the Buhari administration.
The aide had said that Buhari had no empathy for Nigerians and was insensitive.
Yakasai who tweeted via his Twitter handle, @dawisu, had expressed sadness over the president’s failure to address Nigerians on the national outrage and protests against SARS.
The tweet read, “I have never seen a government with zero empathy like that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“So many times when his people are going through a difficult time and expect some sort of tap on the 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.
The Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu announced the dissolution of the police unit on Sunday following one week lf street protests against its existence.
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