You are confusing bandits: Ganduje’s ex-aide, Yakasai reacts to Buhari’s warning to abductors

You are confusing bandits: Ganduje’s ex-aide, Yakasai reacts to Buhari’s warning to abductors

- Former media aide to Governor Ganduje, Yakasai, has once again attacked the presidency over school abductions

- The presidency had released a statement saying President Buhari issued a stern warning to the bandits behind the abductions

- However, Yakasai said the presidency is confusing the bandits by issuing conflicting directives/orders

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Salihu Tanko Yakasai, a former media aide to Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has again criticised the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration's handling of the nation's security challenges, especially the rising cases of school abductions.

On Saturday, March 13, presidential spokesman Garba Shehu issued a statement indicating that President Buhari has issued "a stern warning" to bandits behind school abductions, saying the country will not allow the destruction of the school system.

The president's statement follows the latest school abduction which happened in Kaduna state.

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You are confusing bandits: Ganduje’s ex-aide, Yakasai reacts to Buhari’s "stern warning" to abductors
Ganduje’s ex-aide, Yakasai, says the presidency is confusing bandits with conflicting ultimatums. Photo credits: @BashirAhmaad, @dawisu
Source: Twitter

However, reacting to the statement on Twitter, Yakasai who was recently sacked for making a statement termed critical to the Buhari administration said the presidency is confusing bandits with conflicting ultimatums.

The former media aide said if he had children in any of the schools that have been affected by the bandits' abductions, he would withdraw them.

The tweet reads:

Earlier, reported that Yakasai described his sack 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.

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.

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Meanwhile, the abduction of female students in Kaduna on Friday, March 12, has proven that the Jangebe experience in Zamfara was not the last case of kidnap in the north.

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Many heated reactions have trailed the Friday tragedy which is rather overwhelming to most Nigerians.

An outspoken social commentator and former Nigerian senator from the same state, Shehu Sani, said the enormity of insecurity in the north and throughout the country has been under-estimated by the federal government.


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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