Stop This Nonsense And Shut Up, Marwa Tells Nyako
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