FreeDawisu: Outrage as social media explodes over sack, arrest of Ganduje's media aide for criticising Buhari
Reactions in manifolds have continued to trail on social media the arrest of Salihu Tanko-Yakasai better known as Dawisu on Twitter by the operatives of the State Security Service (SSS).
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Yakasai was whisked away on Saturday, February 27, by the personnel of the intelligence agency from Kano state to Abuja hours after he criticised the Muhammadu Buhari-led government on its poor handling of the security crisis in respects to the recent abduction in Zamfara and Niger.
Governor Abdullahi Umaru Ganduje who Yakasai served as a media aide also gave him a marching order, saying he (Yakasai) was sacked with "immediate effect" because his statement on social media generated "superfluous controversy."
Dawisu's sack is the final straw that broke the camel's back having been suspended for the same reason of criticising the Buhari-led government during the #EndSARS protest.
Meanwhile, Nigerians on social have been demanding the release of the ex-media aide on a micro-blogging platform with #FreeDawisu trending on number 1.
Social critic, Japeth Omojuwa wrote:
"Note that @dawisu was picked at home, he had left home casually in jellabiya. They picked him on the road, which means they had tracked his movement by tracking his phone. One day, the DSS will deploy this technology against criminals & terrorists."
Journalist Gimba Kakanda wrote:
"The resources that ought to be disbursed for tackling burning national issues like banditry has unfortunately been wasted in abducting @dawisu in Kano and transporting him to Abuja. For what, I ask? What’s this madness for God’s sake? To intimidate government critics?"
Omojuwa also wrote:
"The manner of @dawisu’s arrest was gestapo-esque. They didn’t inform a single member of his family. They disappeared him. They didn’t arrest him like Nigeria was operating under the rules & engagement of democracy. Hitler would have been proud of the DSS on this one."
Media entrepreneur, Jafaar Jafaar wrote:
"And now Ganduje sacked Dawisu despite his mysterious disappearance."
Ganduje aide dawisu, was arrested & taken to Abuja from Kano. Appointees ve conscience too & only an inhumane heart keeps mute while things deteriorate. First, he was suspended, recalled & now arrested! Posterity will surely remember Dawisu in the right side of history," Mohnice wrote.
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