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SocialMediaTrends: #FreeDawisu – how Nigerians reacted to arrest, sack of Ganduje’s aide



Nigerians have called out the arrest and immediate sack of an aide to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Salihu Tanko-Yakasai also called Dawisu, barely a day after he criticized President Muhammadu Buhari over his handling of the country’s security situation.

Dawisu, a Special Adviser on Media to Ganduje, was reportedly arrested by the Kano State Security Service (SSS) following his viral tweets condemning the recent abduction of about 317 schoolgirls from a government college in Zamfara State.

Dawisu was also immediately relieved of his appointment by the Kano state governor for making unguarded social media comments, according to a statement issued by Malam Muhammad Garba, the state’s Commissioner for Information on Saturday.

Garba noted that Mr. Salihu’s offense was failing to differentiate between personal and official positions on matters of public concern and therefore could not be allowed to continue to serve in a government he never believed in.

Recall that Salihu was once suspended in 2020 for a similar offence but was reinstated after interventions by some highly-placed Nigerians.

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The #FreeDawisu hashtag rose to the top of Twitter’s trends list on Saturday as reactions poured in by some aggrieved Nigerians:

…By Okiemute Abraham

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