Even on My Death Bed, I Will not Withdraw My Memo Accusing Jonathan of Genocide – Nyako
Despite his removal as the Governor of Adamawa State and threats of arrest for treason, impeached governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako had said that he would not withdraw his controversial memo to the northern governors even on his death-bed.
Nyako, who spoke through his media aide, Ahmad Sajoh, said information at his disposal had now shown that the Presidency and the Peoples Democratic Party were deeply involved in his impeachment.
There have been reports that Nyako, who has gone underground since his impeachment on Tuesday, would be arrested for treason over the memo to the northern governors on April 4, 2014.
Nyako, in the memo, had accused President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of genocide against the North.
He had accused the administration of organising the killing of citizens and then quickly attributing same to the Boko Haram sect.
Nyako had stated, “Cases of mass murders by its bloody minded killers and cut-throats are well known, but it attributes the killings to the so-called Boko-Haram.
“The administration has also hired militia from all across, especially North Africa, who have been deceived into accepting to come because they were made to believe that they would be fighting infidels.”
He accused Jonathan’s administration of using “mass murderers/cut-throats imbedded in our legitimate and traditional defence and security organisations” to carry out the genocide claims.
Nyako said the administration was determined to create strife between Muslims and Christians in the North or between one ethnic group and another.
The governor’s aide said Nyako made the allegations based on the information available to him as a retired Admiral in the Nigerian Navy.
According to him, before writing the memo, the governor considered all options.
Asked whether the governor would withdraw the statement now that he had been impeached, Sajoh said, “That is something that is not possible. We believe that based on the information available to him as a retired Admiral in the Nigerian Navy; having a very sound military background, having been the person that had the privilege of setting up the intelligence unit of the Nigerian Navy and being a person that knows exactly what security issues are concerned, he weighed all the options before making that statement. And I can tell you that even on his death-bed, he stands by that statement.”
The governor, however, made a U-turn on the involvement of the President and the Peoples Democratic Party in his impeachment by the state House of Assembly.
Nyako, had on July 4 said the President had no hand in the impeachment saga initiated by lawmakers in Adamawa State.
Nyako blamed “some senior citizens” of Adamawa based in Abuja for the political imbroglio bedevilling the state.
He said, “The Presidency is not planning a plot to remove me from office contrary to speculations.
“We know that Adamawa State is full of intellectuals, when issues arise, we use different approaches to address them. That is the cause of the political differences we have, but not much outside interference.”
Sajoh, however, said subsequent information available to the governor showed that the PDP and the Presidency were involved in the impeachment.
He stated, “Information now available and subsequent actions that were taken by the Presidency and the PDP national headquarters and other persons very close to the President must definitely make anyone change his position with regard to whether the Presidency was involved or not.
“But of course, at the time he made the statement, he made it believing that it was an Adamawa internal affair.
“With the turn of events and the things that happened at the time of the impeachment till date, one will not say the same thing today.”
The governor also said that despite his removal, he had no regrets for decisions he took while in office.
Sajoh stated, “The former governor took whatever decision he took believing that the bases upon which such decisions were taken were right. He took rational decisions and as a human being barring the limits of his mortality, he has no regrets whatsoever.” The media aide said the governor’s conscience was clear because the bases on which the decisions were taken were right.
“As a retired officer of the Nigerian Armed forces and gentleman and as a credible person, he has no regret dumping the PDP and he has no intention of returning to the party,” Sajoh added.
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