Kano gov. sacks commissioner, adviser over ‘unguarded’ speeches

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has relieved two political appointees with immediate effect.

Those affected are; state commissioner of land and physical planning, Alh Aliyu Adamu Kibiya and special Adviser on youth and sport, Alh. Yusuf Imam.

The decision came shortly after the two were heard in separate videos doing round the social media making unguarded utterances against judges presiding over the tribunal in the state and Vice President Kashim Shettima.

The governor further stated that no unauthorized government official is henceforth allowed to speak on behalf of the state government.

See the full text of the announcement as read by the state Honorable Commissioner of Information, Halilu Baba Dantiyeon Friday at African House, Kano State Government House.

“The attention of the Kano State Government has been drawn to videos trending on social media platforms featuring the State Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Alh. Adamu Aliyu Kibiya making threatening statements on Judges of the Tribunal, while that of the Special Adviser on Youth and Sport, Alh Yusuf Imam making unguarded and disrespectful statements on His Excellency Alh Kashim Shettima GCON the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

While condemning the unfortunate threat to the Judges and the disrespect shown to the VP,  we wish to make it categorically clear that the views expressed do not represent the official position of the State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Alh Abba Kabir Yusuf.

It is important to emphasised that neither of the two officials have any clearance to speak on behalf of government and none of them serves as official spokesperson of the government, the state Commissioner of Information, Baba Halilu Dantiye, said while briefing the journalist Friday night.

Kano State Government under HE Abba Kabir Yusuf holds the Judiciary in very high esteem and expresses tremendous amount of respect to justices and all judicial officers.

Beside the good understanding between the government and people of Kano State and Vice President Kashim Shettima, the Kano State Governor HE Alh. Abba Kabir Yusuf deeply respects the person and office of the Vice President His Excellency Alh. Kashim Shettima GCON and will not condone any iota of disrespect on the Vice President or any other Nigerian leader.

For these reasons, the Governor of Kano State has relieved the two officials of their appointment with immediate effect : Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Alh Adamu A. Kibiya, and the Special Adviser on Youth and Sport, Alh Yusuf Imam.

The Kano State Government has also directed that, henceforth, no official of government should speak on any matter outside the purview of their MDAs without express clearance and permission. Henceforth, Unguarded and inflammatory statements will not be condoned.

The Ministry of Information is directed to ensure that all media outlets in the state especially radio stations are complying with the extant guidelines provided by regulatory agencies.

While expressing our faith in the judicial process, believing very strongly that justice will prevail at all the levels of judicial processes, the Kano State Government wishes to call on all residents in the state to remain law-abiding and continue to go about their normal businesses without any hindrances”.

In a reaction on Saturday, Kano Civil Society Forum, KCSF, commended the Governor Yusuf, for the prompt action against the erring political officials.

A statement signed by KCSF President, Ibrahim Waiya, and copied to DAILY COMMERCE said the move would serve as a deterrent to other political appointees who have the tendencies of overheating the political atmosphere in the state.

”We therefore wish to call on all political leaders to always have the interest of the state at heart above their personal sentiment, and not allow their self-motivated interest to jeopardize the peace we enjoy in our State, just for the simple reason of impressing some people, and allow their actions to plunge the state into chaos,” Waiya said.

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