Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has sacked the State Commissioner for Lands and Physical Planning, Adamu Aliyu Kibiya, for issuing death threats to judges of the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.
The governor also sacked his Special Adviser on Youths and Sports, Yusuf Imam, for making unguarded statements against the person of Vice President Kashim Shettima.
Aliyu had at a special prayer session on Friday, held for the success of Yusuf, at the tribunal, said any judge who decides to receive a bribe would have to pay with his or her life.
In the viral video in which he spoke in Hausa language, the commissioner also threatened anyone who tries to contend for the governorship position with death.
However, in a statement on Friday, Baba Dantiye, the commissioner for information, said the governor has relieved Aliyu of his appointment over “unguarded comments”.
“The attention of the Kano State Government has been drawn to videos trending on social media platforms featuring the state Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Kibiya making threatening statements on judges of the Tribunal, while that of the Special Adviser on Youth and Sports, Alhaji Yusuf Imam, was making unguarded and disrespectful statements on His Excellency Alhaji Kashim Shettima GCON, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
While ondemning the unfortunate threat to the judges and the disrespect shown to the Vice President, we wish to make it categorically clear that the views expressed do not represent the official position of the State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf.
“It is important to emphasise that neither of the two officials has any clearance to speak on behalf of the government and neither of them serves as the official spokesperson of the government,” Dantiye said.
The commissioner said the Kano State Government under the leadership of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf holds the judiciary in very high esteem and expresses a tremendous amount of respect to justices and all judicial officers.
“Besides the good understanding between the government and people of Kano State and Vice President Kashim Shettima, the Kano State governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf deeply respects the person and office of the Vice President, His Excellency Alhaji Kashim Shettima GCON and will not condone any iota of disrespect to the Vice President or any other Nigerian leader.
“For these reasons, the Governor of Kano State has relieved the two officials of their appointment with immediate effect: Commissioner of Land and Physical Planning, Alhaji Adamu A. Kibiya, and the Special Adviser on Youths and Sports, Alhaji Yusuf Imam.
“The Kano State Government has also directed that, henceforth, no official of government should speak on any matter outside the purview of their Ministries, Departments and Agencies without express clearance and permission. Henceforth, unguarded and inflammatory statements will not be condoned.
“The Ministry of Information is directed to ensure that all media outlets in the state, especially radio stations are complying with the extant guidelines provided by regulatory agencies.
“While expressing our faith in the judicial process, believing very strongly that justice will prevail at all the levels of judicial processes, the Kano State Government wishes to call on all residents in the state to remain law-abiding and continue to go about their normal businesses without any hindrances,” Dantiye added.