The Kano Youth Support Group has condemned supposed clandestine social media attacks on Mr Inuwa Waya, a native of the state who is also the Managing Director of NNPC Shipping. The chairman of the KYSG Balarebe Yakub Jeje, observed in a statement made available to journalists, that although Mr Waya has not formally announced his interest to contest the governorship of Kano, it appears that some politicians stunned by his growing popularity and personal goodwill among the denizens of Kano have started a social media campaign designed to tarnish Mr Waya’s image.
Mr Jeje said that the grand plan is to intimidate, harass and totally browbeat the NNPC chieftain out of contention or reckoning as the race to 2023 draws closer.
“They know that Waya is a good material, they know that he has what it takes to perform based on verifiable track record in public service but they don’t want him to come close to making such contemplation to run,” Jeje stated.
While calling on Kano indigenes and residents to discountenance the trending phony media reports, the KYSG chairman implored politicians to desist from character assassination noting that participation in politics is a constitutionally guaranteed right which is not limited to career politicians alone or certain class of individuals.
“People must understand that the laws of defamation and character assassination put a heavy legal burden on individuals making frivolous and false accusations. The cardinal principle of law is that he who alleges must prove. Punitive and exemplary damages are remedies in court in cases of defamation,’’ said Mr Jeje.