BREAKING: Nigerian Top Governor suspended for supporting #EndSars Protests
The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, has suspended his media aide, Salihu Tanko, after the official issued a scathing criticism of President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of the #ENDSARS protests.
The country has been rocked by protests since Wednesday demanding the disbandment of the notorious police unit, SARS, accused of rampant killings, extortion and harassment of citizens.
The police violently dispersed the protests in Abuja and other cities, in a attempt to crush dissent. A protester was shot dead in Osun State.
On Sunday, the government bowed to pressure and ordered the immediate dissolution of the SARS unit.
Mr Tanko in an earlier published interview with PREMIUM TIMES endorsed 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,” he said.
“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,” Mr Tanko told PREMIUM TIMES.
In a tweet, Mr Tanko said, “I’ve never seen a government with zero emphaty 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.
“The I don’t care attitude is on another level,” Mr Tanko wrote.