Nyako’s genocide claims irresponsible – Maku
The federal government has taken a swipe at the Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako for accusing it of sponsoring genocide in the north.
The spokesman of the government, Labaran Maku, while fielding questions from State House correspondents after yesterday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, described Nyako as grossly irresponsible.
Last week, Governor Nyako wrote a memo to the Northern States Governors’ Forum in which he accused the Federal Government of being behind the Boko Haram insurgency, with plans to deny citizens of the region their voting rights in the next general elections.
But Maku said Nyako played to the gallery by making “irresponsible” comments that could incite Nigerians against the government and the security agencies.
The information minister added that the governor’s statements could split Nigeria which, according to him, is in dire need of national unity and healing.
“People who have little knowledge on how security services are rendered will just open their mouths and make statements that create panic in the country, and this is very unfortunate. To hear the kind of things being said by the governor of Adamawa State at this period is very unfortunate. Nyako is the former Chief of Naval Staff. He’s someone that has worn uniform before. To publicly incite the people against the security forces of this country is the height of irresponsibility.”
The minister said all the leaders in the country ought to speak with one voice in order to give Nigerians hope that they (the leaders) were united in resolving the current security challenges.
The minister also raised the alarm that public uproar and propaganda against security agencies was weakening the national resolve to fight terrorism.
He expressed optimism that the nation would surely overcome terrorism, saying however that, “but we can do the job better with some people shutting up their mouths”.
The minister also warned the media against reportage that could demoralise the security agencies in their services to the country.