The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has 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, Muhammad Garba, who conveyed the governor’s directive in a statement this afternoon, 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 Mr Ganduje to the policies and programmes of President Buhari’s administration.
Mr Yakasai had earlier posted on his Twitter handle: “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.”
In another tweet, he said: “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.”