Sunday, 20 April 2014

Genocide Memo: The Presidency Bombs governor Nyako


The presidency on Saturday described Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako as an unpatriotic hypocrite who is on a mission to cause disaffection and division among Nigerians, as well as polarise the country along ethnic lines by disparaging President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

Specifically, it said the memo by Nyako to his colleague, northern governors alleging genocide on the Northern region by the federal government is “an unmitigated leadership disaster and a sad betrayal of trust by a major beneficiary of the Nigerian Nation.”

Senior Special Assistant to President Jonathan on public affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe who made the presidency known in a statement described Governor Nyako’s letter as “extremely divisive and intentionally meant to incite one section of the country against the other”, even as he regretted that the content of the memo, which “definitely defies common sense,” “portrays Mr Nyako as unfit for the hallowed position of a State Governor.

“It is perhaps necessary to request the Adamawa Governor to publish his yearly budget for the past five years and disclose how much has been voted or spent to support the war on terror or assist victims of insurgents activities in his state,” Okupe stated.

He recalled a recent attack on Nyako by a group of angry youths who, he said, accused the governor “of non challance and failure to support victims of Boko Haram’s murderous onslaught on innocent citizens of the state.”

Okupe added that the content of Nyako’s letter has unfortunately exposed the governor’s lack of historical knowledge, just as he said the memo also showed the governor was “incapable of rising above parochial sentiments and possessing a morbid hatred for facts and truth in public discourse.

“Governor Nyako claims that President Goodluck Jonathan is from the Eastern region which according to him was responsible for the killing of Northern political elites on the 15th of January 1966! This is a very disgraceful remark by the governor and a pathetic embarrassment to the Nigerian Military from where Nyako derives his career antecedents. It is certainly a reflection of the Governors ignorance and unpatriotic inclinations”, he stated.

On the Adamawa governor’s referral to the Boko Haram sect as a “phantom organization” which he believes does not exist, Okupe said it was “hypocritical” of Nyako who, in his unwise and desperate attempt to demonise the Federal Government, “likened the military operations against insurgents to the activities of German dictator, Adolf Hitler!

“In his befuddled mind and apparent hallucination, the Federal Government should be held responsible for the activities of insurgents in the North East and the sad killings,wanton destruction, murder and kidnapping of school children as well as other horrendous activities of Boko Haram should be hung on the neck of the Federal Government! He therefore invited his colleague northern governors to join him to sue the Federal Government”, the presidential aide noted.

The statement made available to LEADERSHIP further reads in part: “We also wish to remind Nigerians that this same Governor Nyako was recently quoted as having boasted openly that now that the Fulani herdsman can assemble the AK47 gun,”the security equilibrium in the country is now balanced”. The same man was reported to have imported some fulanis from outside the country and spent millions of Naira in rehabilitating,feeding,housing and catering for their welfare.

“We, therefore, urge Nigerians to ignore the senseless letter written by the Adamawa state governor whose ignoble aim is to create disaffection among Nigerians,polarize the country along ethnic lines and unkindly disparage this administration which continues to work hard to fully eliminate insurgency and destroy their support base.

“It is obvious that Governor Nyako’s opposition to the declaration of a State of Emergency in three affected states of the North East as well as his repeated calls for the withdrawal of the Military from troubled states without any credible alternative or security road map, is an open endorsement of the activities of the insurgents which is meant to provide them unrestricted opportunity to further unleash terror on innocent citizens in order to precipitate chaos, further instability, mayhem and anarchy ; a situation which they intend to exploit to undermine the administration and truncate our growing democracy.

“This, Nigerians will surely not allow to happen. The Federal Government assures Nigerians of its continuos determination to defeat terror and restore peace to every part of northern Nigeria so that every law abiding Nigerian citizen can go about with his/her socio economic pursuit without let or hindrance in all parts of the country.”

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