Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State, has dismissed Salihu Tanko Yakasai as his Special Adviser on Media, for criticising President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the rising state of insecurity in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Muhammad Garba, the state Commissioner of Information, on Saturday.
The dismissal comes a day after Yakasai called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to either deal with bandits in the country or resign, following the news of the kidnapping of schoolgirls from Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe in Talata Mafara Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
According to him, the All Progressives Congress-led government has failed Nigerians, saying the government cannot continue to lament when tragedy occurs without taking any action to prevent a reoccurrence.
The Kano State government stated that Yakasai was sacked “over his continued unguarded comments and utterances which are deemed contrary to the stand of the All Progressive Congress government which he is serving”.
“The aide had failed to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern and therefore cannot be allowed to continue to serve in a government he does not believe,” the statement partly read.
The statement added that Governor Ganduje also warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing superfluous controversy.
Operatives of the Department of State Services had on Friday arrested Yakasai hours after his tweet in Kano State.
The secret service has, however, not confirmed why it arrested the former governor’s aide.