On August 18, 2020, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a letter circulating widely on Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, particularly on groups largely dominated by Kano citizens.
The letter, supposedly from the Office of the Executive Governor of Kano state, dated August 18, 2020 and signed by Salihu Tanko Yakasai, the Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor, claimed the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Murtala Sule Garo, has been sacked.
Part of the letter read: “His Excellency the Governor of Kano State Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has approved the relieve of appointment of the appointment of Hon. Murtala Sule Garo as the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development of Kano State with effect from today, Tuesday 18th of August, 2020.”
“Accordingly, he is required to hand over all government property in his possession to the Permanent Secretary and Cabinet Affairs in the Office immediately,” the letter added.
Fact checks by CDD shows that no press release or letter was issued by the Kano State Government or the SSA on Media to Governor Ganduje on the sack of Garo.
When reached, Yakasai confirmed that the letter announcing the sack of Garo is fake.
“I didn’t sign any letter sacking the Commissioner; therefore, the letter in circulation saying the Commissioner is sacked is fake,” Yakassai said.
He debunked the claim that Garo had been sacked by the Governor nor that he (Yakasai) signed the letter announcing purported sack.
Continuing Yakassi said: “The letter even is full of errors, first, the letterhead paper is not from office of the Governor, secondly, the address is that of the office of SSG not the office of the Governor, third, the designation of the Commissioner is incorrect, the third, my designation is wrongly written.”
“I am a Special Adviser on Media not Senior Special Assistant on Media as indicated in the letter, fourth, the signature on the letter is not mine, fifth, I didn’t publish in any of my social media accounts which are verified, I normally post information there,” he said.
Yakassai confirmed that Garo is still Kano State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The letter widely circulating on the sack of Sule Garo, the Kano State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs and Chieftaincy Affairs is false and must be disregarded
CDD caution fake news peddlers to desist from disinforming and misinforming populace. And advises citizens to always verify the authenticity of news report before sharing them.
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