Former military Governor of Kaduna State, Colonel Abubakar Dangiwa Umar (rtd), on Tuesday accused Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako, of trying to incite the people of the north against President Goodluck Jonathan with his genocide allegation.
Umar said such pronouncement coming from a former high ranking military officer and a governor was inciting and an indirect way of asking northerners to rise against the government.
He said that as a retired senior military officer, Nyako should be aware of the weighty nature of his statement that the action of President Jonathan and his administration was responsible for the genocide in the north.
He said, “The statement of Governor Murtala Nyako; coming from a retired military officer is shocking and worrisome and I hope people like him should not put the nation on fire and should desist from making wild allegation.
“What is his aim? Does he want northerners to pick up arms against the federal government or what? These are comments that should not come from leaders who want the nation to progress and move forward. Moreso, a state governor and a retired military officer.
“How can he prove the allegation he made against President Goodluck Jonathan that he is encouraging genocide in the country? Doesn’t he realise the implication of this kind of statement? And that the statement can throw Nigeria on fire; does it augur well for national stability and unity of the country?”
Umar urged the governor and other North east governors to channel all grievances over the current insecurity in their domain through the appropriate channels rather than embarking on anything that would worsen the security problem the country is facing today.