Nyako’s geno­cide claims ir­re­spon­si­ble – Maku

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

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.

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