The Many Yokes of Nyako By Aminu Yusuf Roni.
Lots of people made noise, responsibly and contrary, about Governor Nyako’s recent memo to the Northern Governors Forum. I would have joined them, but I resisted the urge lest I fall into the trap of “Political Magnetism”. I have something to say, but I kept it to myself. I saw many posts on the social media lambasting and chiding the man; I never have done that. All I tell myself, and anybody who might seek my stance on it, is that he will not say something “lethal” like this- for the second time, after he stated something like this sometimes back in Washington DC- without having a trick up his sleeve. I said that he cannot make this known to the public if he is not sure about what he write. And for the fact that he might be right, but not writing right, I expected that he’d later apologize and make it right; and write it again, if necessary. All I imagine was that Nyako is well prepared to buttress his claims.
The allegation of the President, and his government, sponsoring the Boko Haram Nyako must prove. Always give space for people to prove themselves. Nyako needs that space. He raised some important questions.
Perhaps, I thought, when he gets to the Security Council Meeting, with the President and the governors there, he is equipped with more and more explanation. Two things I expected to happen during that meeting: one, he’d provide genuine evidence to support his claims; everyone would love to hear that. Two, he’d realize that his aged allegations were unintentionally baseless, then he’d apologize; this will provide some political relief plus further caution for the rest of them (and us) willing to shower vitriolic allegation on the government. Alas! not any did he “tried”; neither backing up nor apology. I was disappointed. He didn’t stop there. Instead of throwing in the towel, after a deliberate humiliation, he went further to maintain his egoistic stance. Many of the governors condemned the contents of that senseless memo; the memo that speaks the mind of the traditional conspiracy theorists. He seems not bat an eyelid. Does he care that we angry? I don’t know.
To add more to the frustration, and – definitely- in trying to clean his mess, he came out to tell the world that President Jonathan, the same man he blamed for sponsoring the Boko Haram insurgents to kill the Northerners, is a good man. Good man indeed. With this recent commendation of President Jonathan, we can safely accuse him, Nyako, for many things. One, he is a liar or, also, have hands in sponsoring the Boko Haram. How? He said President Jonathan is his friend: ” Abokin barawo, barawo ne” ( a friend of a thief is also a thief; like the proverbial “Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you who you are”). Two, he is a hypocrite. Since he already knew that President Jonathan is behind the Boko Haram, why didn’t he expose him years back? Remember, the Boko Haram insurgency is not something that came up between 2010 to 2013. It is aged. So why, in all these years, when Nyako was in PDP, he didn’t reveal all this until today? A hypocrite’s word should not be trusted. Three, Nyako is a political manipulator. He knows that President Jonathan is not behind the insurgency, but would like to blame him, childishly, to score some political points for himself, or for his “progressive” party. Lastly, Nyako may just be as clueless. His allegations were unfounded, since he cannot- because he did not- prove it. And by extension, with his U-turn stray of “President Jonathan is a good man…” he is telling us that the Boko Haram fighters are right; are good. Since a good man supports and sponsors them (to kill the Northeners), the organisation is definitely good. The man can never be good if he is not sponsoring a good organisation to carry out a “good” job. If the sponsored group are not good, then Nyako had lied about calling the sponsor a “Good man”. And if he wants to wash up himself, he might deny accusing President Jonathan of genocide. He might reiterate that he meant to say “The government” not “The President”. Well, who is the government? The President of course.
Among the qualities of a good leader comes honesty. Honestly, Nyako lacks this quality; based on his recent blunder. The Admiral is just playing to the gallery; dangerously! He is doing all these in order to garner support and faith from the disgruntled citizenry. Popularity is nothing, compared to national development and peace:
” I firmly believe that respect is a lot more important, and a lot better than, popularity” Julius Erving. My advice, if I am were to meet Baba Mai Mangoro personally, is to tell him that “Baba Nyako, stop these rants. It is not important and true, you know. Focus on electorally dethroning the PDP government; we will be much happier. And, please, next time when you are making such statements, make sure you have a solid proof to support your argument. People still respect your grey hair, don’t let them see it as a badge, or a mere ashes, of shame. Thank you. And…erh… The season of Mango has come, as you better know. Please, do me a favour; I will come one day and fill a truck. I hope the guards will let me in. Thank you again. Useni, Fullo.”
Aminu Yusuf Roni.
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