The war of words between the Federal Government and the Governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako over the spate of attacks by the Boko Haram sect in the north continued on Wednesday with the former describing the
Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, as a tragedy.
Mr. Nyako, in a memo to Northern governors, had accused the Federal Government of genocide against the people of the North.
In response, some officials in the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration reprimanded Mr. Nyako, with the latest coming from Mr. Maku who described the comments made by the governor as irresponsible.
Mr. Nyako has now responded to Mr. Maku’s comments saying “the likes of Labaran Maku represent the tragedy that has befalling Nigeria as a nation. Their views on governance and manifest actions clearly prove the gutter level public policy has descended to in today’s Nigeria”.
Mr. Nyako, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Ahmad Sajoh, said Mr. Maku betrayed the calling of his office by his remarks.
“For anyone given the responsibility to manage information to advice that people should be silent means that under such leadership sycophants and sundry charlatans are the only citizens’ required.
“An information Minister calling on people to keep quite in the face of wanton lies, serial deceptions and series of unanswered questions is undoubtedly a tragedy,” he said.
Speaking further, Mr. Nyako said, “We shall not keep quiet until those who danced while we were mourning answer for their insensitivity
“Labaran Maku and all the pretenders in the corridors of power will one day account for their deeds good or bad and that they should be reminded of both the inevitability of an end to their positions and the vanity of power.”
On the abducted girls in Borno state, Mr. Nyako said “anyone in this Government with a sense of shame should hide his face in shame and not make useless and vain statements that mean far worthless and valueless as made by him”.
“The lies they told on the matter and the deceptions they wove around it will one day haunt them to their graves. Hiring attack dogs to pour insults on people will not save them from the judgment of history and ultimately that of God Almighty
“Let him be assured that our vigilante groups and hunters will surely rescue our daughters God willing,” he said.
The Governor also said unlike Mr. Maku, who kept mute when innocent citizens were gruesomely murdered in Keana Nasarawa State or scores of security personnel were gruesomely butchered by his kinsmen.
“We shall not keep quite when a convoy of marauding murderers pass through military checkpoints and operate for many hours unchallenged at night during curfew hours in states that are supposed to be under emergency rule.
“We shall not keep quite because of threats of removal, arrest or prosecution. We shall not keep quite because of blackmail and insults from court jesters and sycophants. We shall not keep quite even in the face of open threats to our lives
“We shall only keep quite if those who danced while we mourned provide answers to the questions we asked,” Mr. Nyako said.
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