By Dare Lawal
The governor of Adamawa State, Murtala Nyako, has responded to the statement by President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday at the PDP North East rally in which he said governors of states battling with insecurity should be ashamed of themselves.
Nyako said that by his comments, the president has once again demonstrated a lack of humility in his approach to issues.
In a response which was made public by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Mr. Ahmad Sajo, Nyako said it was unfortunate that the President has chosen once again, to blame everybody but himself.
He said, “We also wish to draw the attention of the President to the fact that over 800 classroom blocks were destroyed in Borno state.
“Over 2000 classroom blocks were destroyed in Yobe State including those belonging to the Federal Government. Recently some classrooms were destroyed in Adamawa State as well.
“Several Schools were damaged and closed down in the affected states including Federal Government Colleges even though the President said his government has no responsibility for Secondary Education.
“The President’s persistent refusal to visit the affected states could be interpreted to mean an abdication of his constitutional responsibility to cater for the welfare and safety of the people of the zone. If he could go to Bauchi on a political jamboree, why not visit Borno and Yobe as part of his constitutional responsibility?”
The governor said if there is any proof of bad governance, it will be located in the way and manner the President executes his priorities and the kind of statements he and his spokespersons make.
Governors, he said, are not and cannot be held responsible for security challenges since they have no control over security apparatus.
“The President is the Commander-in-Chief with powers over the Armed Forces, Police and other security agencies. On the issue of education, the President is either being mislead or is totally ignorant,” he said.
Nyako equally explained that, the name Boko Haram was coined by the Media in response to University graduates destroying their certificates in the very city of Bauchi where he made the latest statement. So it is not about University Education.
The Adamawa State governor also challenged President Jonathan to tell the world what his administration has done to improve Adamawa State since he assumed office.
He noted that his administration (re) constructed all the Federal Roads in our State, built the Nigerian Law School, built structures for the Army, Police and other security Agencies including the Prison Headquarters. These, he pointed out, are all responsibilities of the Federal Government.
He urged the President to check the records of Adamawa State at the Universal Basic Education Commission, since 2010 to see the level of commitment the Nyako administration has been to education.