Published On: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014

Onuesoke Lambasts Nyako over Genocide Memo to Northern Governors

Hon Sunny Onuesoke

By Oghenekevwe Laba
LAGOS APRIL 23RD (URHOBOTODAY)-Delta State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship aspirant in 2007 general election, Chief Sunny Onuesoke slammed Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako for accusing President Goodluck Jonathan of perpetrating genocide against the North in his prosecution of the war against terror.
The Adamawa State governor had, in a memo entitled “Ongoing full-fledged genocide in Northern Nigeria’ which he sent to the Northern States Governors Forum on April 16, accused the Federal Government of aiding terrorism and high-profile killings in the North-East.

Nyako alleged in the letter that the government “is using mass murderers/cut-throats embedded in our legitimate and traditional defence and security organisations,” to carry out the killings.
Reacting to the memo in a statement, Onuesoke who is the Country Director of Network for Good Governance (N4GG) described Nyako memo as full of lies, deceptive and capable of setting one part of the country against another.
He said it disheartening and shameful that Nyako who is a sitting Governor, a person that is supposed to be role model and a leader of his flock is sounding a war drum and creating confusion by feeding the masses with lies.
Onuesoke, aide to Delta State Governor on Special Project argued that it is an insult for a serving governor to insult a serving president, adding that It is not heard of in the history of United Kingdom and America the countries we intend to look like and copy from.
Describing Nyako memo as a threat to the stability of the country, he wondered if Nyako understood what his memo is capable of doing to our already ethnically and polarized country?
He said it is disappointing that Nyako who is aware of the superiority of Nigerian soldier in term of training and equipment and who is also a beneficiary of the military system had turned around to accused the government of hunting and killing Northern soldiers fighting Boko Haram
“This is a very disgraceful remark by the governor and a pathetic embarrassment to the Nigerian military from where Nyako derives his career antecedents. It is certainly a reflection of the governor’s ignorance and unpatriotic inclinations,” Onuesoke noted.
He argued that Nyako in his urge to discredit the federal government in order to achieve his devilish ambition had not seen anything good in Nigerian Army comprised of gallant officers from the nooks and crannies of Nigeria who have dedicated their lives to protecting the Nigerian populace, instead, he had decided to cause pandemonium and breach of trust within the ranks of the Nigerian Army so as to create ethnic tension within the polity.
He pointed out that the content of Nyako’s memo had exposed him as lacking a sense of history as well as incapable of rising above parochial sentiments and possessing a morbid hatred for facts and truth in public discourse, adding that it is extremely divisive and intentionally meant to incite one section of the country against the other.

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