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Murtala Nyako at Golgotha – By John Akevi



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The embattled governor of Adamawa State, Malam Nyako
The embattled governor of Adamawa State, Malam Nyako

In bablical terms,Golgotha is a place were Jesus Christ was
crucified,in between two thieves. In Golgotha there is no mercy. It is
place of tears and gnashing of teeth. It is where vineger is taken for
water. It is place of loneliness. It is a place of pains and torment.
Golgotha continues to come to mind whenever I ponder on the political
situation in Nigeria,
Particulary Adamawa and other States. Former Governor Murtala Nyako
began his political journey to Golgotha in 2008 when attempt was made
to impeached him. After grandstanding and muscle flexing which
resulted to “hide and seek game” with the State Assembly members. The
truth has dawned on the man who precided over the affairs of Adamawa
State for the last seven years. The result is that Alh. Murtala Nyako
ubiquitous white “Baban riga” is tainted with corruption charges. The
wind has blown revealing the rump of the fowl.
Before he arrived at the Golgotha on that faithful Tuesday morning,
15th,July 2014  to be crucify. This writer believed that what put
asunder their convivial relationship with the President was the
defection of
“BABA MAI MONGORO”as he is fondly called by his admirers to the All
Progressives Congress (APC) in the wake of the protracted imbroglio
that ensure between him and the former National Chairman of the People
Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Bamanga Tukur over the control of the
party’s soul in the state. His vitrolic confrontatiion with President
Goodluck Jonathan was lethal dose that made him to be on target list
of the presidency. Base on the 20 count charges of financial
misconduct. The State Assembly indicted the former governor,notable
among which was fraudulent award of a contract of over N8 billion
through SNECOU Group of company limited,a company linked to one of the
governor’s wives to siphone public funds without delivering the
project. Other charges against the governor include siphoning of over
N300 million public funds through a company,Hydro Source Resource
limited,in the construction of Mubi bye pass without mobilization to
site or any construction carried out after collection of N300 million.
Gross violation of oath of office by outrageous patronage and
dominance of family and friends in the discharge of government
business such is found in the MDG’s office,the SPPU and ministry of
 Squandering N4.8 billion and N7.1 billion in 2012 and 2013
respectively through the office of the SSG,against budgetary approval
and not in the interest of Adamawa State people.
Gross violation of section 120 of the constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended),and gross misappropriation and
diversion of Internally Generated Revenue IGR,for personal use to the
detriment of the people of Adamawa State.
Expending N2.5 billion as “other miscellaneous expenses”through the
internal affairs and special services Department.
Diversion of over N400 million out of N500 million Federal Government
intervention fund for flood vitims in Adamawa State in 2011; also
violation of Adamawa State law by appointing his wife Dr. Halima H
Nyako as Chairman,Adamawa State Action Committee on Aids contrary to
the extand laws.
Strangulation of the Local Council Areas and extortion of Council
funds in the name of joint projects and security challenges in Mubi
and other parts of Adamawa State.
 Now at Golgotha. Nyako was recieved by  wigs like; Alh. Balarabe Musa
(PRP),former governor of Kaduna State (Impeached on June 23,1981).
Kofo Bucknor Akerele (AD),former deputy governor to Bola Ahmed Tinibu
(Impeached 2001),Peter Obi (APGA),former Anambra state
governor(Impeached in 2006) but was fortunate the suprime court later
reinstated him. Diepreye Alamieseigha (PDP),former governor of Byelsa
state (impeached in 2005). Ayo Fayose (PDP), former governor of Ekiti
state (Impeached in 2006). Muhammed Gaadi (ANPP),former deputy
governor of Bauchi state (Impeached in 2009). Jude Agbaso
(APGA),former deputy governor of Imo State (Impeached in 2013).
Among others who were cassulties.
Golgotha is about to claim more cassualties especially those governors
that are in opposition party. They ‘ve begins their journey to the
place of lonelines. Notable among them are Alh. Tanko Almakura of
Nasarawa State, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State,Adams Oshiomole of Edo
State,Rotimi Ameachi of River State and others.
I rest my pen for now.

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