In the event you’ve been visiting Nigerian social media, particularly Twitter, prior to now 24 hours, it’s essential to have heard of the current arrest of social media activist Salihu Tanko Yakasai, popularly referred to as Dawisu. This isn’t the primary time Dawisu has gotten into bother for giving his opinion on the Nigerian political system. His remaining remarks on President Buhari final yr generally resulted in his two-month suspension.
He was reportedly suspended after talking out towards the president’s silent response to the multi-day EndSARS protests. Quotes his tweet; ‘I’ve by no means seen a authorities with zero empathy like Buhari’s. So typically when his individuals are going via a troublesome time and count on some kind of shoulder to reassure them that he is in cost, however he did not.‘
He was reassigned to his earlier place two weeks after he was suspended for publishing outlandish feedback towards President Buhari’s authorities in the course of the #EndSARS protests.
Dawisu by no means stopped stopping criticism. In February 2021, shortly after the kidnapping of over 300 college kids in Zamfara state, he went on Twitter to complain in regards to the safety state of affairs in Nigeria.
Based on him; ‘It’s clear that because the APC authorities in any respect ranges we, the Nigerians, have failed within the primary responsibility for which we have been elected, which is to safeguard lives and property. Not a single day goes by with out some type of uncertainty on this nation. That is a disgrace! Take care of terrorists with willpower or stand down.‘
Just a few hours after the mail went viral, Yakasai was arrested by safety officers at his dwelling. The information of the arrest was confirmed by Dawisu’s father, Alh. Tanko Yakasai. Based on Alh. Yakasai, his son, who has since moved to Abuja, was arrested on the best way to the salon in his neighborhood.
About Salihu Tanko Yakasai
Salihu Tanko Yakasai was born on October 25th to the household of Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, an aged statesman who served as info commissioner in Kano in the course of the Second Republic.
Between 1953 and 1986 he (Alhaji Tanko Yakasai) was one of the vital persecuted politicians within the historical past of Nigerian political activism. He was arrested and detained ten occasions: 4 in the course of the colonial interval, 4 within the First Republic, and two in the course of the navy regime: one every below the (1983 to 1985) regime of Normal Muhammadu Buhari and (1985 to 1993) regime of Normal Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida.
Salihu Tanko Yakasai, alternatively, was the particular adviser to till his most up-to-date arrest Governor Abdullah Umar Ganduje on social media. Based on an announcement from Kano State Info Commissioner Muhammad Garba, the previous aide was dismissed for beingcouldn’t distinguish between private opinion and official place on issues of public curiosity,‘The addition’He was not allowed to proceed serving in a authorities he didn’t imagine in.‘
Dawisu, as he’s popularly recognized, is a journalist by career and has labored for prime media corporations together with CNN the place he labored as a contract reporter. The Harvard alumni can also be an creator for the net media platforms YPolitico and Ynaija.
Dawisu co-founded the Makuba Middle for Conventional Arts & Tradition, a middle selling the standard arts, crafts, historical past and tradition of Hausa-Fulani. He’s additionally a founding member of the Nationwide Group Secretary of the Nigeria Youth Discussion board and the Kwandala Basis, the place he pioneered the Publicity Secretary.
Dawisu has been lively within the political enviornment since 2000 and has run for varied workplaces within the native authorities of Nassarawa. He’s a founding member and state coordinator of the All Progressives Youth Discussion board (APYF).
He had beforehand served as secretary for the Kano State ANPP Promoting Committee.
Salihu Tanko Yakasai is fortunately married and has three kids.
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