By Henry Umoru. 27-4-14
ABUJA- A group under the aegis, Save Adamawa State Movement, SASM, yesterday took a swipe at Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa asking him to as a matter of urgency resign for writing a letter to the Northern Governors Forum, accusing the Federal Government of embarking on what he termed a full-fledged genocide in the North.
Members of the SASM said that right thinking members of Adamawa State felt highly insulted with ‘the school boy manner’ Governor Nyako was made to read his so called memo, just to prove to him that nobody shared his views on the insurgency or the allegations of genocide he leveled against President Jonathan.
In a communiqué at the end of the Movement’s meeting in Abuja which ended in the early hours of yesterday, the SASM, the group noted that it has become imperative for the governor to resign now especially against the backdrop that he was indicted by the expanded national security meeting that took place last week, which it noted has brought shame to the Adamawa State.
In the communiqué which was signed by its National President, Engr. Stephen Albert, the group called on President Goodluck Jonathan to sack Governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States with imposition of full scale State of Emergency in the states to allow the military gain total control to finish the job at hand without political interference.
Noting that the indictment of Governor Nyako did not come to its members as a surprise, having lived with him as governor in the last eight years, the group said that it was a pity that Nigerians only came to terms with the fact that Nyako had always been a disaster.
The SASM said: “We have always known him as a failure from his days in the military, during which General Ibrahim Babangida as military President was forced to promote him from the vibrant office of Chief of Naval Staff to the redundant position of Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. We opposed his choice as governor, when former President Olusegun Obasanjo imposed him on Adamawa State as a form of punishment for the ‘sins’ of his then vice, Atiku Abubakar.
“As indigenes of Adamawa State, we feel humiliated as a people by the strong words used against our governor by his fellow governors and indeed by everybody that attended the expanded security meeting, including his juniors in the military, like the Minister of Defence, General Aliyu Gusau (rtd.) and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
“Mr. Governor, for your fellow governors to have described your memo as written “in bad faith” and described you as an ethnic irredentist is a big shame. Simply put, the verdict of the meeting was clear; please, resign your office,” the communiqué stated.
The Movement also noted that as a matter of fact, the paper delivered by Governor Nyako in Washington and the memo he wrote to Northern States Governors’ Forum was meant to position him as the “new Defender-In-Chief” of the north, adding that the real aim was designed to cover up his disastrous years as Governor of Adamawa State.
The movement said, “Till date, Governor Nyako is yet to commission any project because there is none. He is owing teachers and civil servants which was why in the last WAEC results, of the 31,000 students that sat for the examination, only 1,300 passed. What a shame.
“Just last week in Zamfara State, some uninformed people hailed him as ‘maganin arna’ meaning the solution of unbelievers. This is the dangerous game Governor Nyako has embarked upon.
“We make bold to declare that it is not enough to chastise Nyako, because he has done some real damage in poisoning the minds of some Northerners against the person of President Jonathan and the vast majority of Nigerians by his utterances and letter. The effect of this will be seen after the 2015 general elections.”
The SASM said that now that the whole world has seen through his antics, it therefore called on the EFCC and other anti-corruption agencies to probe the finances of the Adamawa State government, which in the first place was the reason behind Nyako’s recent posturing as “defender of north.”
“The anti-graft agencies should as a matter of urgency probe the finances of the state, especially the Ministry for Local Government where over five billion naira was reportedly spent on the Skills Acquisition Centers and the billion dollar German Specialist Hospital.”