Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has hit back at the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, describing him as “a tragedy for Nigeria.”
Reacting to Maku who, yesterday, described his memo to his colleagues Northern governors as “irresponsible and divisive” through his spokesman, Ahmad Sajoh, Nyako said that people like Labaran Maku represent the tragedy that has befallen Nigeria as a Nation.
Nyako had, in his memo, accused the Federal Government of carrying out genocide in the North East and asked his colleagues to investigate it.
The information minister, who fielded questions from newsmen shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting yesterday, asked people like Governor Nyako to shut their mouths up instead of fanning the embers of disunity.
Governor Nyako swiftly reacted by saying that his views on governance and manifest actions “clearly prove the gutter level public policy has descended to in today’s Nigeria.”
He said that for anyone given the responsibility of managing information to advise that people should keep their mouths shut means that under such leadership, sycophants and sundry charlatans are the only citizens required.
“An information Minister calling on people to keep quiete in the face of wanton lies, serial deceptions and series of unanswered questions is undoubtedly a tragedy.
“We pity the likes of Labaran Maku who choose to feather their nests on the graves of their compatriots while calling on others to keep quite even when innocent blood is shed.”
Governor Nyako insisted that the opposition would not keep quiet until those who danced while we were mourning answer for their insensitivity.
“Labaran Maku and all the pretenders in the corridors of power will one day account for their deeds, good or bad and that they should be reminded of both the inevitability of an end to their positions and the vanity of power. These facts will catch up with them sooner than later.”
On the abducted girls, he reminded Maku, “that anyone in this Government with a sense of shame should hide his face and not make useless and vain statements that mean far worthless and valueless as made by him.
“The lies they told on the matter and the deceptions they wove around it will one day haunt them to their graves. Hiring attack dogs to pour insults on people will not save them from the judgment of history and ultimately that of God Almighty.
“Let him be assured that our vigilante groups and hunters will surely rescue our daughters, God willing.
“We shall not be silent like the Labaran Maku’s did when innocent citizens were gruesomely murdered in Kiyana Nasarawa State or scores of security personnel were gruesomely butchered by his kinsmen.
“We shall not keep quiete when a convoy of marauding murderers pass through military checkpoints and operate for many hours unchallenged at night during curfew hours in states that are supposed to be under emergency rule.
“We shall not keep quiete because of threats of removal, arrest or prosecution. “We shall not keep quiete because of blackmail and insults from court jesters and sycophants.
“We shall not keep quiete even in the face of open threats to our lives. We shall only keep quiete if those who danced while we mourned provide answers to the question.”