The Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Saturday, April 18 has sacked the state’s commissioner for works and infrastructure, Muaz Magaji, for celebrating and mocked the death of the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Kyari died on Friday in Lagos of Coronavirus and was buried on Saturday in Abuja.
Sacked commissioner had taken to his Facebook page to celebrate Kyari’s demise, describing it as freedom for Nigeria.
Writing in English and Hausa, Magaji stated, “Win win… Nigeria is free and Abba kyari ya mutu a cikin annoba… Mutuwar shahada in Har da Imani mutum ya cika”.
The translation of the post reads, “Win win… Nigeria is free and Abba Kyari has died in the epidemic… the death of a martyr… if he is a believer, the person is complete.”
In a subsequent post, the commissioner said the office of the chief of staff to the President is too powerful and it should be broken into two.
Magaji wrote, “For the good of Nigeria and Mr President… The CoS office should be split… A PPS (principal private secretary) and a humble manager of his office as CoS… It is currently too powerful for a non-elected official.”
“It’s very important we put things in perspective so that we can save our system from punitive unconstitutional usurpers in the future!
“Democracy & democratic equity does not by itself strive. It must be guarded and protected… One person, just one person can set a dangerous precedence!
“When you are all done with the pretence and crocodile tears, we will do a review in overriding interest of the Nation and its people!
“I am perfectly aware of the storm I am in… The fact however is I know what comes from the heart or that what is purchased! You all will come around,” Mr Magaji posted.
Magaji wrote, “Nigeria is bigger than any individual… While praying for the president’s late support staff… Ours is to prevent a repeat of his non accountable domineering era!
“In institutional democracy no individual is bigger than the state… Our interest is to get equity and capacity in highest position of power. It’s not personal!
“I am not a hypocrite and I won’t pretend! While at personal level I pray Allah grant Abba Kyari Jannah… I sincerely believe Nigeria needed a better CoS period!”
In a statement, Kano’s commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba, said Mr Magaji’s removal was as a result of “unguarded utterances against the person of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.”
The governor said, “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 personal vendetta or otherwise.”
According to the statement, Mr Kyari led a life worthy of emulation by serving his country to the best of his ability
Meanwhile, the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has berated Kano State Commissioner for Works, Muazu Magaji, for celebrating the death of the President’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.
Ahmad made his position known on Twitter on Saturday.
He said it was even more disheartening that Magaji is also a member of the All Progressives Congress.
The President’s aide tweeted, “It can be easily overlooked when some minor misguided people celebrate Malam Abba Kyari or anyone’s death, but when it’s a member of Kano Executive Council, a commissioner it would be hard to do the same, Engr Magaji’s action was irresponsible, for God’s sake he is a stakeholder.”