The war of words between the Federal Government and the Governor of Adamawa state, Murtala Nyako, over the spate of attacks by the extremist Boko Haram sect in the north continued on Wednesday, with the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, describing the comments made by Mr. Nyako as irresponsible.
Mr. Nyako had written a memo to governors of the 19 northern states in which he accused the Federal Government of genocide against the people of the north
But fielding questions from State House correspondents at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja, Mr. Maku said, “This nation deserves security at this time. Even in the heat of it, you hear some irresponsible comment coming from highly placed people including a governor .
“If only Nigerians understand that as we sit in this hall, our security people are out there in the bush sleeping in the bush day and night and getting killed in the cause of maintaining the security of this country.
“But what we see is that everyday 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 is someone that has worn uniform before. To publicly incite the people against the security forces of this country is the height of irresponsibility.”
“And I believe that for someone like that who is old enough to appreciate the kind of crisis this country is going through, we expect that there should be greater understanding, politics aside.”
He added that the comment by the governor is even more unfortunate considering his age.
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