Ganduje sacks media aide, Salihu Yakasai for criticising Buhari

Salihu Tanko Yakasai
Salihu Tanko Yakasai

By Taiwo Okanlawon

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai, a media aide of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has been relieved of his appointment for asking President Buhari’s resignation over his failure to tackle widespread abductions in the country.

According to a statement issued by the state government, Tanko-Yakasai who has since been arrested was sacked over his continued unguarded comments and utterances which are deemed contrary to the stand of the (APC) government which he is serving.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who conveyed the governor’s directive in a statement Saturday, said the sack is with immediate effect.

He said the aide had failed to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public.

“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,” Garba says.

Ganduje also warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing superfluous controversy.

Recall that Yakasai was earlier suspended by Ganduje after his remark about Buhari during the #EndSARS protest but was reinstated weeks after.

Earlier today, Salihu was arrested after demanding Buhari’s resignation over the failure of his government to arrest widespread abductions in the country in a tweet on Friday..

Salihu’s father, the famous politician, Tanko Yakasai confirmed his son’s arrest to the Daily Trust.

He said Salihu is being detained by security operatives.

Tanko Yakasai said he is not sure of the location where his son is being held but he is certain that security operatives are the ones holding him.

Salihu criticised the Buhari government when news broke that 317 schoolgirls of Government Girls School were abducted on Friday.

Salihu called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to either deal with bandits in the country or resign.


  1. If we can be honest with ourselves, is it a crime to criticize a government that is in power in a democracy, like Nigeria?
    I leave it open for everyone, including Ganduje to search their conscience and provide an answer, as honestly as possible.

  2. Is good for him. You don’t openly criticised the system you’re part of. If he wants to criticise, let him resign and join opposition. You can’t eat and have your cake

  3. Why is it that each time Governor Ganduje Aides or Advisers criticises Buhari, Ganduje takes offence and sack such aide. Does it means Buhari cannot be criticised in a democratic country? Or is Ganduje doing all these sacks to please President Buhari for cover him up in Ganduje Dollar bribery? But Ganduje should know that one day Buhari will leave Aso Rock and he will face justice against People of KANO state for collecting bribes in all contracts he executed in Kano state.

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