From Sule Aliyu Bauchi
Bauchi State governor, Alhaji Bala Muhammad Abdulkadir has explained that he sacked the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), his Chief of Staff and 21 commissioners because “they can’t play politics.”
The governor sliced his cabinet in an unprecedented manner, dropping a huge number of the members of the state executive.
He explained during the 2021 Democracy Day celebration in Zaki town, the headquarters of Zaki Local Government Area of the state on Saturday that he sacked them because they “don’t know how to play politics.”
“Those that I stopped, they don’t know how to play politics and I cannot work with those type of people. “I just have to get others, real politicians that can do the job together with me and bring out Bauchi from deadlock,” he said.
He also said their sack would give an opportunity to other willing and capable people to serve the state and help in moving it ahead.
The governor, last Wednesday, sacked all his commissioners, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Mukhtar Gidado, who said Muhammad approved the immediate dissolution of the “State Executive Council and other political appointees that include the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), the Chief of Staff (COS) Government House and all Special Advisers,” except four named ones.
No reason was given for their sack then, but the governor thanked the dismissed officials for “their meritorious service to the state.”