Right Of Reply: Maku Attacks Nyako On ‘Irresponsible’ Memo Of Genocide
Nigeria's Minister of Information, Labaran Maku
Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Labaran Maku

Nigeria’s Minister of Information, Labaran Maku,, has described Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako’s comment and accusation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of carrying out genocide in the north eastern Nigeria as “irresponsible and unfortunate”.

The governor had in a memo sent to the Northern States Governors’ Forum, called on his colleagues to look into the allegation.

Maku lashed out at Adamawa governor Nyako, saying “This nation deserves security at this time even in the heat of it; you hear some irresponsible comments coming from highly placed people including a governor.

“Now this nation is in need of unity but the way we are playing to the gallery, we are making irresponsible statements. We are making statement that will divide the country, statements that are setting the citizen against security services and government.

“And when those statements come from people we believe should be leading the course of unity, appreciating the great job the security are doing. 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 everybody who has little knowledge ‎on how security services are rendered will just open their mouth 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. Each time the security people strike our target there is a lot of public uproar and propaganda which is weakening out national resolve to fight terror”

“Nyako is the former Chief of Naval Staff, 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 expected that they should be greater understanding, politics aside.

“When people reach a certain age they should watch their utterances and the kind of things they are supposed to say.

“Maybe young people like you and me we can say is lack of experience, but people that have known the difficulty this country is going through and the kind of effort that is being made by the federal government be coming out to make those statements that divide the country even at a point that we need national unity and national healing is grossly irresponsible,” Maku said.

Also, Senior Presidential aide on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, had in a swift reaction lambasted the governor, saying his comment was an ‘unmitigated leadership disaster’.

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