Ganduje's media aide sacked for criticising Buhari finally breaks silence

Ganduje's media aide sacked for criticising Buhari finally breaks silence

- Governor Ganduje's ex-media aide, Salihu Tanko Yakasai, said he left the government with millions of goodwill

- The former media aide was reportedly sacked for criticising the Buhari administration

- Amid his sack by the Kano state governor, Yakasai was also arrested by operatives of Nigeria's secret police, DSS

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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 media aide sacked for criticising Buari finally breaks silence
Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Ganduje's former media aide sacked for criticising Buhari, described his removal as an honourable exit. Photo credit: @dawisu, @GovUmarGanduje
Source: Twitter notes that 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.

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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, 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.

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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 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. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_


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