Rattled by impeachment plot, Adamawa State Governor, Nyako declares two-day prayer holiday

FILE PHOTO: Murtatala Nyako, impeached governor of Adamawa state

The governor said residents should pray for Nigeria on the two days.


In what is suspected as a move to stall the impeachment plot against him, the governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has declared Monday and Tuesday public holidays in the state.

The State House of Assembly recently initiated impeachment moves against the governor after accusing him of gross misconduct.

The acting Chief Judge, CJ, of the state, Ambrose Mammadi, had last Friday set up a seven-member committee to investigate allegations of financial impropriety against the governor and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

The panel would have been inaugurated on Monday but for the public holiday as declared by Mr. Nyako. The tenure of the chief judge will also lapse on Monday, and may therefore not have the opportunity to inaugurate the investigative panel by the time work resumes on Wednesday.

Mr. Nyako said the two work-free days should be used by residents of the state to offer special prayers for peace in the state and the country.

“His Excellency, Governor Murtala Nyako, has approved Monday, July 7 and Tuesday, July 8 as work-free days in Adamawa State,” a statement signed by the governor’s Chief of Staff, A. Abba, said on Sunday.

“This is to enable the people of the state to reflect on the current happenings in the country and to use the period to offer special prayers for peace in the state and the country.

“The period is to also allow Adamawa workers reflect on their current challenges. It is also a thanksgiving period for the citizens to appreciate God’s protection despite all challenges.”

The declaration of the public holiday is coming amidst claims that the acting Chief judge is now in alliance with the state assembly to oust the governor.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the armed soldiers began guarding the official residence of the chief judge after he announced the constitution of the seven-man panel to probe Mr. Nyako.

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