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Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, immediate past Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakassai, has relocated overseas.

Newsmen had reported Ganduje relieved Tanko Yakasai of his appointment over continued unguarded comments and utterances deemed contrary to the stand of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government which he was serving.

Yakasai was earlier suspended by Ganduje after his remark on Buhari during the #EndSARS protest but was reinstated weeks after.

In February, the ex-aide called on President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to either deal with bandits or resign. Yakasai was picked up by the Department of State Services (DSS) shortly after his criticism but the DSS said he was picked due to “issues beyond the expression of opinions on social media”.In a tweet on Wednesday, Yakasai, popularly known as Dawisu, said “goodbye” to Nigeria. While he did not indicate where he was heading to, he shared images of himself at the airport about flying out with Qatar Airways. “Japa….. Goodbye Naija! Alhamdulilah!” he tweeted. His post elicited a flurry of reactions on social media

During the inauguration of a 38-member fund raising committee on COVID-19, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State announced that, Alhaji Aliko Dangote has promised to donate a 600-bed isolation centre to the Kano State Government. 

Ganduje disclosed that the business mongul, Aliko Dangote, had  requested that the state government provide a facility for him to supply 600 beds and other infrastructure, as a contribution towards the efforts to contain the outbreak of coronavirus in the state.

The center would be established to complement the two centers meant for quarantine in case of any eventuality. It is said to be constructed at the 15,000 capacity Sani Abacha Stadium. 

Ganduje also added that the state government has put everything in place, in terms of prevention and cure, to ensure that the disease doesn’t take over the state.

The Kano State Government has released a statement stating the reasons why the Emir of Kano, Muhammed Sanusi II was dethroned.

A press statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Usman Alhaji, announced the removal of Sanusi.

Among the reasons stated were alleged insubordination, refusal to attend official meetings and breach of Kano Emirate Law.

The statement noted that Sanusi’s removal was a collective decision of members of the State Executive Council.

The statement read, “The Kano State Executive Council under the Chairmanship of his Excellency, the Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has unanimously approved the immediate removal/dethronement of the Emir of Kano Emirate Muhammad Sanusi II.

The Emir of Kano is in total disrespect to lawful instructions from the office of the state Governor and other lawful authorities, including his persistent refusal to attend official meetings and program organized by the Government without any lawful justification which amounts to total insubordination.

It is on record and in so many instances Malam Muhammad Sanusi II has been found breaching part 3 Section 13 (a-e) of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and which if left unchecked will destroy the good and established image of Kano Emirate.

This removal is made after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders and in compliance with Part 3 Section 13 of the Kano State Emirate Law 2019 and other reasons stated above.

The removal was reached in order to safeguard the sanctity, culture, tradition, religion, and prestige of the Kano Emirate built over a thousand years.”

The governor subsequently called on the public to remain calm, law-abiding and to go about their normal businesses.

“A new Emir of Kano will soon be appointed,” the statement added.

Gov. Ganduje receiving governor of the year award

The Telegraph newspaper in Nigeria has presented Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State the Best Governor of 2018 award. Ganduje was awarded for his alleged work in health and education sectors, despite allegations of bribery against him.

A few weeks ago, videos of Ganduje allegedly collecting $5 million bribe in form of kickback from contractors were released by The Daily Nigerian. Another video surfaced of the governor allegedly collecting money from another contractor. 

“It is good to celebrate those that are making a difference in our lives,” said the Managing Director of Telegraph newspaper, Funke Egbemode, at the award presentation ceremony. 

The governor continues to be under investigation by a committee of the Kano House of Assembly.