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Published On: Tue, Oct 20th, 2020

Ganduje’s media aide, suspended for criticizing Buhari apologises

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From Mustapha Adamu, Kano

Salihu Tanko Yakasai, Special Adviser on Media to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, has apologized to the governor after he suspended him for attacking President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that on October 11, Ganduje ordered for immediate suspension of Yakasai after he harshly attacked Buhari on his twitter page.
However, in a piece he wrote and sent to different media outlets, Yakasai said he apologized for “putting Your Excellency in uncomfortable position due to my personal opinions.”
He said, “to my boss, His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, OFR, I want to use this opportunity to apologise for putting Your Excellency in an uncomfortable position due to my personal opinions.
“It is indeed something that I never intended to happen, and I am not happy about it a bit. I do not have a boss-and-aide relationship with Your Excellency; I rather have a father-and-son relationship with Your Excellency.
“Indeed, I appreciate the support Your Excellency has been according me in the last five years, and I will continue to remain loyal to you and serve my state and my country through your government and in whatever other capacity,” he wrote in the article.
Yakasai also stated that Nigerians would continue to pray for Nigeria to be great, quoting Barack Obama, who says “Do we participate in a politics of cynicism, or in a politics of hope?”
“I am an optimist, and it’s our ardent HOPE that we will have the Nigeria of our dreams in which development and prosperity will be the norm rather than the exception; a country we can build a secured future for our children and generations yet unborn.
“May we continue to do our best in ensuring this is the Nigeria that our forefathers sacrificed their lives for to lay a solid foundation.
“Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Yakasai said.

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