Even As President Muhammadu Buhari On Sunday Bowed To Pressure To Approve The Dissolution Of The Controversial Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has suspended his media aide, Salihu Tanko, after the official criticized the President over his handling of the #ENDSARS protests.
The country has been rocked by protests since Wednesday demanding the disbandment of the notorious police unit, severally accused of extra-judicial killings, extortion and harassment of citizens, especially the youths.
Tanko in an earlier published interview threw his weight behind the protest against police brutality, saying the president lacked empathy for his citizens, and has most times failed to respond to pressing complaints they raise.
“Before the protest on EndSARS, there are issues affecting the security of lives in the north and numbers of projects that need the president attention for completion, however, the president has chosen to remain adamant.
“As a concerned citizen and supporter of the president, we cannot continue to fold our arms and watch things going contrary and at the end we start regretting and trading blames,” Tanko told journalists in Kano.
“I’ve never seen a government with zero empathy like that of president Buhari. So many times when his people are going through difficult time and expect some sort of tab on shoulder to reassure them that he is in charge, but he failed to do so.
“To speak to your people over issues that are bedeviling them has become something like a favour you are doing to them.
“Over and over again, you cannot spare five minutes and address the nation to calm them down, the same people you went round to the 36 states to beg for their votes, it’s heartbreaking,” he stated.
But in a swift reaction, Ganduje, who is a well known ally of President Buhari promptly approved the suspension of the outspoken Tanko.
The Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, in a statement confirmed the indefinite suspension of the aide.