Ganduje sacks Commissioner over mocking posts about Kyari’s demise

Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje on Saturday, April 18, relieved the appointment of the commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Mu’azu Magaji with immediate effect.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba.

Magaji was removed following his unguarded utterances against the person of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Mallam Abba Kyari.

He said as a public servant, the commissioner ought to have respected the office by refraining from any act capable of rendering it to disrepute.

“The action of a public servant, personal or otherwise reflects back on the government and therefore; the Ganduje administration would not tolerate people in official capacities engaging in a personal vendetta or otherwise,” the statement read.

However, Magaji in his reaction said, Ganduje has relieved me of my appointment as Commissioner in Kano State Government! I remain grateful and appreciative of the difficult decision. Masha Allah and I am very grateful to HE for the opportunity to serve him and Kano people.”

Meanwhile, former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday, April 18, sent his condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his chief of staff Abba Kyari.

Kyari died on Friday after battling coronavirus infection.

“I received the news of the demise of Alhaji Abba Kyari, your Chief of Staff; over Friday night with great sadness, as he lost the battle against the dreadful disease, COVID-19,” Obasanjo wrote in the letter.

Abba Kyari’s death must be painful to you and to his family and friends; but you can all take solace in the fact that he died in harness, in the service of his country.”

Obasanjo said Kyari’s death should serve as a reminder that to be able to fight the coronavirus and return Nigeria’s economy back to a sound footing.

Kyari tested positive to the coronavirus in March and was reported to have travelled to Lagos for treatment.

Not much was heard about him thereafter, until the Presidency, in a statement issued by Femi Adesina; Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity announced his passage.


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