Opinion: Of Nyako’s Naivety And Atiku’s Hypocrisy

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By Adejoh

THE story of Murtala Nyako, the retired naval officer who was penultimate week removed as Adamawa State governor, will continue interest analysts. His fall power is a typical story of the selfish, self-destructing Nigerian politician. For a man who became governor by popular acclaim in 2007, with the backing of the state’ political heavyweights like Jibril Aminu, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Mr. Boni Haruna and many others, he had lost their comradeship soon after assumption of office. He had either trampled on them in his senseless accumulation of power or sidelined them effectively in running the affairs of state.

He is also a politician with a queer sense of leadership, one who didn’t bother if anyone was following. Like the dog destined for death, Nyako wasn’t bothered his ‘followers’ detested his divisive dispositions and cringed at his combustive statements inflamed passion even beyond Adamawa. Within a seven-year tenure, Baba Mangoro as Nyako is popularly called, squandered all the enormous goodwill he inherited, so much by the time he was impeached, he was virtually standing alone.

But is his cat-and-mouse relationship with former Vice , Atiku Abubakar, showed how naïve he is. Nyako in his drowning days had tried renew his relationship with Atiku, a fellow sojourner the PDP whom he had long ditched, with a view dragging him into the peace initiative was seeking stave off his impeachment.


was obvious that Atiku was sucked into that deal, though he gave Nyako the impression he was fighting on his side. At a stage he had floated in the media, a grand plan get the House members cool off when in actual , he was quietly encouraging them. was Atiku at his duplicitous best. So when the impeachment eventually succeeded, as expected, Atiku could be more excited, though no one really expected him to walk the streets of Yola in open jubilation over Nyako’ impeachment. That would have been absurd since both belong to the same ; but was obvious that he was glad to see the man, who was by all standards a political liability, go.

Within the State Chapter of , Atiku had watched as the 20 members he helped gain election into the State House of Assembly refused to join him when he crossed the PDP to the out of resentment for Nyako. The five members they met in the party had dumped and joined the rival PDP for the same reasons. So did Mohammed Buba Marwa, hitherto one of the shining lights in the party. For a man nursing presidential ambition under the , Atiku could have been in a more awkward position with a governor who was everything but a team-player. He was perhaps the only presidential aspirant in the party without a good on the state chapter of the party, no thanks to a governor who divided more than he united his party’ leadership as well as rank and file.

However, Nyako’s fall presented the former VP an , as usual, to seek to appropriate political capital. The public statement issued by his media office in condemnation of the exercise dripped with venom. To him, the and his party, the PDP, were guilty of “excessive of power” which he said was not good for decent democratic practice. According to him, the PDP’s decision to wield the axe of impeachment against an elected public office holder was the government’s way of settling scores.

It was a most puerile argument coming from a man who had openly criticised the breakdown of governance in Adamawa and the reckless rape of her finances by Nyako, his and their cronies. It was a most dubious argument from a man who viewed Nyako as a political liability against whom he held grudges for effectively sidelining him in the state APC and for not caring a hoot about his presidential ambition. So a drowning Nyako was naïve to believe that after all the political wounds he inflicted on Atiku, he could still get the former VP to rescue him from imminent disaster.