“Nyako’s Letter is Devoid of Common Sense”- Presidency

In a swift reaction to the letter written to the Northern Governors’ Forum by Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, the Presidency on Saturday described the letter as a “leadership disaster”.
The reaction was contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, in Abuja. The Presidency described Nyako’s call for the withdrawal of the military from Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States which are currently under a state of emergency as an open endorsement of the Boko Haram insurgency.
Governor Nyako had accused the Federal Government of perpetrating genocide against people of the northern part of Nigeria.
The statement reads in part:
“The content of Nyako’s letter exposed him as lacking a sense of history as well as incapable of rising above parochial sentiments.
The letter was extremely divisive and intentionally meant to incite one section of the country against the other. Nyako’s action is a pathetic embarrassment to the Nigerian military, from where he derives his career antecedents.”
Nyako’s remark that the Boko Haram terrorist group was a “phantom organisation” which does not exist was described as hypocritical. Dr Okupe also stated that Nyako’s invitation to other Northern Governors to join him in dragging the Federal Government to court “definitely defies common sense’’.
The Presidency went further to challenge Governor Nyako to publish his state’s yearly budget for the past five years to show how much was voted or spent to support the war on terror.
“This will also reveal how much he has spent to assist victims of insurgents’ activities in his state, if any. We can recall that the governor was publicly attacked recently by angry youths who accused him of failure to support victims of Boko Haram attacks on innocent citizens of the state.
It was also aimed at discrediting the Federal Government which has continued to work hard to fully eliminate insurgency and destroy their support base. The insurgency was meant to provide the perpetrators unrestricted opportunity to further unleash terror on innocent citizens.
It is a situation which they intend to exploit to undermine the administration and truncate our growing democracy. This, Nigerians will surely not allow to happen,’’ Okupe stated.

Author: NewsAdmin

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