OYOGist.com has learned that the Kano state government has allegedly reappointed the Commissioner who was dismissed for celebrating the death of Abba Kyari, Buhari’s Chief of Staff.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje dismissed the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Kano, Engr. Mu’azu Magaji, because he was pleased with the death of President Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari was re-elected.
Governor Ganduje reappointed him as Chairman of the State Committee for the Implementation of Pipeline and Gas Industrialisation Projects on Friday, six months after his dismissal.
Uba Abdullahi, Spokesman of the Office of the State Secretary of the Government, confirmed the appointment.
It should be recalled that Mr Kyari died in April in Lagos from complications of coronavirus and was buried in Abuja.
Mr Magaji wrote on his Facebook page at the time: “It is very, very important that we put things in perspective so that we can save our system from unconstitutional, criminal usurpers in the future!
“Democracy and democratic justice do not strive for themselves. They must be guarded and protected… One person, only one person can set a dangerous precedent!
“When you are all done with deception and crocodile tears, we will carry out a review in the best interest of the nation and its people!
“I am fully aware of the storm in which I find myself… But the fact remains that I know what comes from the heart or what is bought! You will all come to your senses,” wrote Mr. Magaji.
In a statement, Kano’s Information Officer, Muhammad Garba, had said that Mr. Magaji’s dismissal was the result of “unprotected statements made against the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari”.
The Governor also said that “the actions of a public official, whether personal or otherwise, are reflected in the government and the Ganduje administration would therefore not tolerate the involvement of persons in official capacity in personal or other vendetta”.
The Government of Kano State has not yet made an official statement on the new appointment. But Mr Magaji has already taken to his social media handle to celebrate the re-appointment.
“It is indeed a great honour and an opportunity to serve Kano for the second time under the leadership of His Excellency Dr. A.U. Ganduje, also another chance to use his vast experience to make Kano – Nigeria great again,” the official said on Facebook.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Governor Ganduje ordered the reinstatement of his Special Advisor on Media, Salihu Yakasai.
He recalled that Yakasai had sharply criticised President Muhammadu Buhari on 11 October 2020 for failing to address Nigerians in the midst of national outrage, as well as in the days of online and offline protests against the Nigerian police’s special unit against theft.
Yakasai, who tweeted through his handle, @ dawisu, said the president had no sympathy for Nigerians for their inaction. In a statement, the Kano State Government described Yakasai’s statements as “unprotected statements” and suspended him “with immediate effect”.
But in a Wednesday tweet, the state government, @ KanostateNg, wrote, “Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has approved the reinstatement of his Special Advisor on Media Affairs, Salihu Tanko Yakasai.