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Stop This Nonsense And Shut Up, Marwa Tells Nyako

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Former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Gen. Buba Marwa has

castigated Adamawa State Governor, Admiral Murtala Nyako over his open

letter to Northern Governors alleging that President Goodluck Jonathan and

his administration is behind the insurgency in Northern Nigeria.

Marwa in a statement said the open letter written by Nyako was not only

incoherent but shameful and and embarrassing to the military constituency.

The former All Progressive Congress chieftain who recently defected to the

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP said the Adamawa State Governor should

respect the office of the President and shut up.
The statement reads:
“Of recent , Admiral Murtala Nyako has embarked on a single minded and

self-appointed misadventure of being the enfant terrible of Nigeria's

elected political class . I find it necessary at this point in time to

respond to the Admiral in my personal capacity, and also as a retired

military officer, a politician, a former military administrator and an

indigene of Nyako's home state, Adamawa State. Admiral Nyako recently

disparaged his country and its leadership in far way America. An unheard

of precedence. Tell me, which foreign investor will gladly come here to

invest after. Not satisfied, a few days ago, he fired off a letter to the

Northern governors, alleging that President Goodluck Jonathan and his

government were the ones behind the current insurgency in the North and

were indeed waging a war of genocide against Northerners.

“I must first of all state very clearly that Nyako's letter does not

represent the opinion of Adamawa State and its people.

“Nyako's statement apart from its incoherence, was to say the least

disrespectful, shameful, embarrassing to the military constituency and

most unbecoming of a retired Admiral, former Service Chief, and an

Executive Governor. The current circumstance and security challenges in

Nigeria call for a non-partisan approach towards finding a lasting

solution. Blame game is not the way to go, we must all lock ourselves

together and be united in confronting the challenge in front of us.

“Admiral Nyako should be quite clear that President Goodluck Jonathan did

not pronounce himself President and walk into the Villa. God made him

President. Even our scriptures allude to the fact that it is God that

makes leaders, giving it to whom He chooses, and when He chooses. And it

is the same God that will remove a leader when He chooses. And while

President Goodluck Jonathan may not be a perfect human being and only God

is perfect, yet he remains our President, whether Nyako likes it or not.

“Nyako must recognize him as the leader of Nigeria and C-in-C. It is

therefore in bad faith and setting a bad example for the younger ones in

the Armed Forces for Admiral Nyako to bad mouth his President in the way

and manner he is doing of recent. It is far the same reason that I

personally, considering that Admiral Nyako is my senior in the service,

that I have never uttered a word of disdain, insult or indecorum language

against him. As well, he must respect the office of President and refrain

from his current antics. Those who do not respect their superiors also do

not deserve respect. Perhaps he is looking for a way to explain his

non-performance in government, by saying the current insurgency has eaten

away all the states money through security vote. What a tissue of lies! I

should equally add that Nyako should be the last to undermine and speak

ill of men and women in uniform-his constituency who are doing their best.

“In rounding up, I must make it quite clear also that Nyako and his APC

cannot and will never form the next government in Adamawa State. We were

the roots, trunk, branches and leaves of APC. And now we are gone. Nyako

only has the shell. Believe me, it is a matter of weeks, even the shell

will be gone, leaving him with nothing except the letters: APC. And by

then, even those letters will not cure his headache. PDP will surely form

the next government in Adamawa by the grace of God. So Nyako should start

packing his luggage and writing his hand over notes. Regarding the

President's visit next week to receive us into the PDP and the furore

being created about Ribadu Square. I should recall that not long ago, he

denied a former President the same square, denied him lodgings,  where to

pray and even denied him the civility of a meal. Today, we have a sitting

President on a visit to Adamawa State. Nobody should beg Nyako for the use

of Ribadu Square. The Nigerian President can set his foot in anywhere

Nigeria he chooses to.
“Finally, to Admiral Nyako, I revisit Dr. Azikiwe's historic statement

that no condition is permanent. One day, Nyako will be a former Governor.

I therefore say Nyako: Enough is Enough. Stop all this nonsense and SHUT

Gen. Muhammed Buba Marwa, OFR
Yola, Adamawa state
23rd April, 2014