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Why Nyako must go

By Ochereome Nnanna

THE news that the Adamawa State House of Assembly (ADHSA) has served impeachment notice on Governor Murtala Nyako is music to my ears. Nyako must go. He should not have been put in that office in the first place, if Adamawa was not such an unfortunate state where governors have always been cronies and lackeys of other influential political fat cats.

Nyako, a retired admiral of the Nigerian Navy and mainstreamer during the military era that lasted between 1984 and 1999, had retired to his large mango farm in his native Adamawa. It was not even clear if he was a card carrying member of any political party when, in August 2006, he was conscripted by then President Olusegun Obasanjo and his long time ally, Professor Jibril Aminu, to govern the state, which had just been snatched from the control of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

As soon as he assumed power, Nyako turned his back on Aminu and crowded out his political interests. Aminu, whom Obasanjo had given the power to call the shots over the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, became a stranger, as Nyako virtually converted the state to his family estate. He put his wives and children in plum positions, awarded them huge contracts and started preparing one of his sons to take over from him after his eight years in power. I am not surprised that part of the misconduct for which he is being impeached includes alleged fleecing of the state coffers. However, these are just allegations. The impeachment and prosecution of Nyako will reveal the truth or otherwise of the charges levelled against him and his deputy.

To impeach or not to impeach is the business of the ADSHA, taking into account the genuine wishes of the Adamawa people.

Governor Murtala Nyako
Governor Murtala Nyako

However, I have my other reasons for wanting Nyako out of the coveted office. Murtala Nyako is not fit to occupy the office of governor or any other exalted public office. By his conducts, he has demonstrated that the money this nation spent in training him in some of the best naval institutions in the world, such as the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in England, was wasted. Apart from that, he was given the opportunity of serving in various posts, including state military governor, member of the highest military ruling council and Chief of Naval Staff.

Could you imagine that after occupying such enviable positions, he still conducted himself so shamelessly just because he felt the gravitational force of political pressure.

Shortly after he decamped with the rest of the PDP rebel governors to the All Progressives Congress (APC) Nyako, who had been sitting next to his Abia State counterpart, Gov. TA Orji, during Council of State meetings due to the alphabetical order of seating, embarrassed the latter by accusing TA of planning to “poison” him. It was not a mere banter, given the serious mien with which he said it. Even if it was, then it was a joke taken too far. Evidence of it was in Nyako’s threat to “report” TA to his people, perhaps so that they would attack TA’s kinsmen in their midst, as usual? TA is one of the ardent supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, who Nyako regards as his sworn political enemy.

The worst crime Nyako has committed against the unity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which bordered on treason, was the satanic verses he penned to northern governors heaping all sorts of unimaginable accusations against the Federal Government headed by President Jonathan. He accused the regime of depopulating the north through the war on terror, and masterminding the assassination of clerics from the north, acts which Boko Haram had openly admitted responsibility. He referred to Boko Haram as “so-called Boko Haram” (meaning he does not think they actually exist!). Nyako desecrated the military which he served for over thirty years, accusing it of poorly training, equipping and even killing recruits of northern origin! Who knows if this was what Nyako and his cohorts were doing to recruits from the East during his days in the armed forces?

Worst of all, he tried to incite violence against the Igbos and people of the old Eastern Region residing in the north by referring to President Jonathan as a leader from the part of the country that killed northern leaders in the First Republic. Given that this was the issue that led to the massacre of over 50,000 Igbos in the north, leading to the Nigerian civil war, this spurious and lunatic allegation was meant to break up Nigeria. Nyako’s delirious outburst was roundly condemned by all right thinking Nigerians, including his fellow northern governors. Only the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) offered him timid, tacit support due to their own well-demonstrated hatred of President Jonathan.

I don’t know why it took the ADHSA two months to start this impeachment process, or what issues really prompted it. A leader who stoops so low and becomes a potent danger to the unity of the country should be swiftly impeached and tried for his crime. Now that they have woken up to this patriotic task, I wish them “full steam ahead”.

May we never celebrate another independence day with Malam Murtala Nyako still a governor in Nigeria!

Alex Otti’s reception sparks speculations

ON Friday, 13th June 2014, the Oha Ngwa Traditional Rulers Council, made up of 145 royal fathers of autonomous communities in the seven local government areas of Ngwa land, staged a grand reception in honour of Mazi Alex Otti, the Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank PLC at Isieketa in Isiala Ngwa LGA.

It witnessed the gathering of the who-is-who in Ngwa, Abia and Nigeria at large, with the Governor of the Abia State, Chief TA Orji as the Special Guest. At the event, Otti was given the traditional title of Ugwu Ngwa 1. One by one, the traditional rulers representing the seven LGA’s presented him with instruments of his investiture.

The Chairman of the Oha Ngwa Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Eze Nelson Nmerengwa, in his keynote speech, asserted that Alex Otti is an illustrious son of Ngwa land, despite the fact that he has distant Aro ancestral links and has built a house in Arochukwu. He enumerated the roles played by Otti in the development of Ngwa land, which included building a branch of a bank in Owerrinta and helping many sons and daughters of Ngwa to be gainfully employed.

The traditional ruler of Alex’s hometown, Ehi Na Uguru Ancient Kingdom in Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa LGA, 78 year-old HRM Eze Edward Emenelu Eluwa, asserted that Alex’s father, Pastor Lazarus Otti, was born in his kingdom and they grew up together. He said Pastor Lazarus, a school teacher, never set foot in Aro but lived, served and died in Ngwa land, where he and his wife were buried. He called those who cast doubt on Alex’s Ngwa roots “mischief makers”, affirming: “Alex is our son. I hereby so affirm. He should feel free to pursue any legitimate ambition as a free born of Ngwa land. He has our full blessings. He has just put up a befitting house in his village, Umuru Nvosi, and we are very proud of him as our son”.

Since preparations began towards the reception, many people have speculated that it was in preparation for a possible run for governorship of Abia State. Alex, whose second term as the CEO of Diamond Bank was recently renewed, has not said a word about his alleged political ambition, and no hint of it whatsoever was given during the reception and since.

The cat should be out of the bag in no distant time.


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