Salihu Tanko Yakasai
For posting what was considered to be an offensive tweet on Predident Muhammafu Buhari,, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has suspended his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai reportedly tweeted some unguarded statements, which described Buhari as lacking empathy and for which he earned himself an indefinite suspension withimmediate effect.
He was quoted to have berated the President for his “insensitivity and lack of empathy to the plight of Nigerians, especially, his Northern Constituency.”
Ganduje’s directive suspending Yakasai was communicated to him on Sunday by the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba.
Garba said that although the media adviser had owned up to the comment as his personal opinion, yet the state government was of the position that as a public figure, it would be difficult to differentiate between his personal opinion and official stand on matters of publicconcerns.
Hr said the Governor had, therefore, warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing unnecessary controversies and heating up the polity.
The statement by the Information Commissioner, reaffirmed the commitment of Governor Ganduje to the policies and programmes of President Buhari’s administration.
Rhe suspended Special Adviser, Media and Communication had reportedly lampooned President Muhammadu Buhari over what he called his “insensitivity and lack of empathy to the plight of Nigerians, especially, his Northern Constituency.”
He also reportedly betated Presidrnt Buhati for his lack of communucation with Nigerians.
He was confirmed to have posted the offensive tweets in a series of other tweets with the name “DAWISU”.
He had said “To speak to your own people over issues that are bedeviling them has become something like a favor you’re doing to them.
“Over and (over) again, you cannot spare 5 minutes and address the nation to calm them down, the same people you went to the 36 states to beg for their votes; it is heart-breaking.”
He also tweeted that he has “not seen a government with zero empathy like that of Buhari.”
Dawisu was speaking when he joined the online campaign: #ENDSARS, which has hit the nation in a groundswell of protests after a series of police brutality, especially in Southern Nigeria.
The campaigns on Sunday resulted in the announcement by the IGP, Mohammed Adamu, dissolving the special anti-crime unit.