Ganduje’s ex-Media Aide Speaks Up After Sack.
Written by Olaide Adewale on March 8, 2021
Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a former special adviser on media to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, has described his sack as an “honourable exit”. Governor Ganduje had sacked Yakasai for making a statement termed critical to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration. His sack was announced by the state commissioner for information, Malam Muhammad Garba, on Saturday, February 27. Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Ganduje’s former media aide sacked for criticising Buhari, described his removal as an honourable exit. Yakasai’s sack followed a statement on Friday, February 26, where he criticised the current administration over the abduction of some schoolgirls in Zamfara state. No-fly zone: Arewa forum reveals 3 other states Buhari should extend flight ban to Days after the sack, the former media aide on Monday, March 8, said he left the government with more goodwill than the one he got when joined.
He tweeted: “After 5yrs in Government, the goodwill I got after leaving Government, is a million times more than the one I got when I got in. That’s indeed an honourable exit, which is rare in Nigeria. This is certainly God’s doing & I am eternally grateful to Him for His endless Blessings ” Meanwhile, Legit.ng recalls that hours after he was declared missing, the Department of State Services (DSS) finally confirmed the arrest and detainment of Yakasai. The secret police officially confirmed the development in a statement it released on Sunday, February 28. However, the DSS’ spokesperson, Peter Afunnanya, said the former media aide was arrested for more than expressing his personal opinion about the government.
Before his eventual sack, Yakasai had earlier been suspended for two weeks over the comments he made on social media against President Buhari’s administration following the #EndSARS protests against police brutality. He was, however, reinstated by the Kano state governor on Wednesday, October 28.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others.