The war of words between the presidency and the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako, continued Sunday, as the governor called on President Goodluck Jonathan to explain the source of the money he said he (the president) gave to Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso of Kano State to give to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) delegates to vote for him at the party’s presidential primary election in 2011.
In a response to the presidency’s reply to Nyako’s statement, which blamed the federal government for genocide in the North, the Director, Press and Public Affairs to Nyako, Ahmad Sajoh, urged the president to “account for allocations given,” stressing, “we challenge them to live by the same token, declare what you got and account for it.”
The governor’s media aide added: “On the corruption mantra, while the presidency is fond of asking governors to account for allocations given to them, we challenge them to live by the same token, declare what you got and account for it.
“After all, we now have proof that certain projects which are not executed have been announced as completed such as the Hong to Mubi Road in our state, which the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, announced its execution at their Bauchi rally.
“Meanwhile, someone should help us ask the president under what budget sub-head did he get the money he allegedly gave Governor Kwankwaso to bribe delegates to vote for him, which was allegedly diverted. We think rather than vent their venom by insulting people, presidential spokespersons and media managers should do better by re-focusing the man to be more open, minded and competent in grappling with the myriad of challenges facing the nation.”
Also, Nyako accused the president of being complacent in the management of the Boko Haram crisis, asking, “If indeed the presidency is not complacent about the killings in the country how come the president went dancing a day after several citizens were killed in Abuja? If they claim that Nyako does not deserve to be governor, are they fit to be where they are?”
The statement read in parts: “The response by the presidency to Governor Nyako’s memo to Northern Governors has further proved that those running the federal government are arrogant and confused. They arrogate all knowledge and wisdom to themselves alone. We hold the statements we released as true and challenge those who claim to have a sense of history to cut-off the use of jaundiced semantics, and address the issues raised in this and several other documents before it.
“By telling black lies about the attack on Governor Nyako which was never investigated nor ascertained, the Presidency is providing further proof that it knows more than it is willing to admit in the whole saga. Feeding the public with untruth is becoming a new culture in Abuja. The statement on the supposed rescue of the abducted girls is enough to prove that.
It is a pity that responsible and supposedly educated people could manufacture statements and attribute them to others just to create an escape route from their glaring failures. None of the statements attributed to Governor Nyako by the presidency were ever made by him. They were all manufactured for lack of a sound counter-argument.
“If indeed the presidency is not complacent about the killings in the country how come the president went dancing a day after several citizens were killed in Abuja? If they claim that Nyako does not deserve to be governor, are they fit to be where they are?
“When we say the Boko Haram phenomenon is phantom we are talking based on several testimonies by the president. At one point, he said there are Boko Haram in his government, at another point, he said they are ghosts he cannot dialogue with ghosts. Yet, recently, he admitted that the young poverty-stricken persons so far arrested cannot afford the guns they carry. And we say to them you have full command and control of the armed forces and, security outfits with all the Intelligence units, investigate their activities, expose their patrons, sponsors and strategic commanders and arrest them.
“We also challenge them to expose their sources of arms. We still repeat the earlier questions we raised: (1) How come the insurgents move about unchallenged at night in our states under so- called emergency rule when we have a night time curfew in place? (2) How come the insurgents operate for many hours unchallenged when we have military units all over the place? (3) How come the insurgents move with a large convoy of vehicles through routes that have 24 hours military checkpoints? (4) How come statements by the presidency and other authorities in Abuja are always at variance with realities on ground at the theatres of conflict? We want answers not insults or empty rhetoric.
“On the issue of creating divisions among the people, no one does it better than a presidency that urges its backers to direct its people to implicate innocent northerners in bombings they know nothing about, or one whose known official uses online sources to implicate someone it chooses to hate for no just cause.
This presidency also encourages some of its spokespersons to speak ill of certain persons and religion without a reprimand. This is the most divisive leadership in the history of this country and it also the most desperate to cling to power even at the cost of several lives of innocent citizens. Unfortunately it is also the most inept, confused, greedy, corrupt and incompetent regime ever.”