BY ADAMU ALKALI BARAKA
Let me start by commending Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation for organising a programme that allowed people especially from the North to chat a new course for development.
I also want to commend the organisers of the programme for a well done job in an effort to find a lasting solution to the security problems in the country most especially in the Northern states where many places were ravaged by the activities of Boko Haram.
From a disheartening heart I can’t stand to admit what the former Governor of Adamawa State, MurtalaHammanyeroNyako said during the 2-Day Summit on, “Rethinking the Security and Development Agenda for Northern Nigeria,” organized by the Sir Ahmadu Bello Foundation in Kaduna.
The former governor, who was the chairman of the occassion said he received only N45billion when he served as the governor of Adamawa state.
His unchecked fallible utterances needs to be cautioned and his gullible lies against Adamawa state people is unpardonable.
As one of the respected elders in the state, I am concerned to remind the good people of Nigeria that the former Governor was outrageous in squandering the coffers of Adamawa State with unnecessary bills without following due process is even a enough reason to charge him of financial mismanagement of public funds.
The draft of white paper on the report of Justice Bobbo Umar Judicial commission of inquiry into the finances and human resources management of Adamawa State Government from June 2007 to June, 2014 where the erstwhile Governor (Nyako) was the seating chief accounting officer showed that the accrued revenue of N461,978,392,597.35 whereas the accountant general gave the figure of N543,828,870,129.56 for the period of June, 2007 to June, 2014.
The two figures has shown that a difference of N81,850,477,532.21 is suspected to have been siphoned during the regime of the said governor.
It’s radically disgusting for the noble man of Nyako’s worth to inform hundreds of people gathered for what they thought to be dignifying but end up given an unpardonable lie that he collected only ‘N45 Billion Naira’ as against N543,828,870,129.56 Billion Naira realised during his tenure as a governor.
His life style as governor turned the state to a state of financial despair if 45 billion Naira was what he got as against N543,828,870,129.56.
Based on Justice Bobbo Umar’s report, many people will be inquisitive to ask this question: Where is the balance of over 750 Billion Naira? It’s indeed conspicuous to say that Nyako has played Nigerians and as a matter of fact, his statement at that programme portrays a failing glory of Nigerian retired Military officers, serving and former Governors and to every well meaning and respected people of not only Adamawa State but Nigeria as a country.
To further expantiate to the world that the former governor played with the truth, is the juxtaposes of his administration and that of Mr BoniHaruna, his predecessor and his successor, Hon. UmaruFintiri who took over from Nyako as Acting Governor after he was impeached, received about N30billion including special funds in 3 months that he acted.
From 2008-2014 when Nyako’s purported impeachment took place, the state received an average of N3billion monthly from the federation account. The increase in receipts by the state under Nyako from the previous ones was because of the high price of crude oil which was over 114 USD per barrel. The estimated funds received by Governor Nyako’s government was N450b from the federation account. Nyako’s government also collected Adamawa’s share of Paris club refunds which was successfully fought for and established by the preceding.
When still comparing BoniHaruna administration, which was then estimated at N258/USD, calculate this at today’s exchange rate of N350/USD. It is not on record that the receipt of this particular refund which was paid in instalments was reported to the people of Adamawa and appropriated by the State House of Assembly. Governor Boni received N114.8b in 8 years out of which about N32b was in his first 4 years (1999-2003). Out of this amount, salaries and leave grants alone took about N39b. The remaining amount of over N70b was for other recurrent and capital expenditures for 8 years.
Yet Nyako accused governor Boni of diverting N50b out of state’s statutory allocation while in office then. What an irony! If Nyako got only N45b in 7 years, it means that he got about N600m monthly while the state’s salary bill for workers during his time in addition to his then ridiculous number of SAs was more than N1.5b.
At this point one will be allow to say that Nyako was inconsistent with the truth. His administration was full of financial irregularities which need to be investigated by EFCC and other anti-graft agencies to ascertain the true status of his administration and the money he claimed he received, which contradicted the draft white paper on the report of Justice Bobbo Umar judicial commission of inquiry into the finances and human resources management of Adamawa State Government.
It is also instructive to say that the glory of some of our leaders is on erosion. Our Leaders, elder statesmen and elders in the Land cannot say the truth even if it means saying it to fall into trouble. I see a serious decay, a fallen glory of some of our Northern senior citizens, I noticed a can of worms conceal in a glass cup of shame in their cupboards breaking it is a total disgrace to some of our so called leaders.
Nyako is one among many of the senior men we have in this country that enjoy the good leadership of the late Northern Premier, Sir Ahmadu Bello, TheSardauna of Sokoto.
Sardauna act of good leadership is what most people like Nyako enjoyed to be what they are. Throughout Sardauna’s life, record did not tell us he has ever lied or involved in any form of corruption. I consider the name “Sir Ahmadu Bello” with much reverence because of the magnitude of selfless service he rendered to humanity, seeing it as a diadem of his glory and is signifying the sovereignty of the many sacrifices he made to sustained a good name in the whole of Africa.
The late Sardauna will never forgive the likes of Nyako in this country, because he thought them honesty but they turned the other way, he thought them sacrifice but they are not, he asked them not to steal but we keep hearing inconsistent figure.
Sardaauna was a servant leader but some of our leaders today are our task masters, exploiting the wealth of the nation to empower only their families and friends.
Rtd General Galadanci is a replicate of Sir Ahmadu. His fearless attitude, bold mindset made him to be right on time to declared that the gathering under Nyako as a guest speaker is a deceit considering his administration pitfalls while he was a Governor of Adamawa State and for him to lied that he only collected 45billion Naira.
Galadanci said: “We are here deceiving ourselves. We Northerners like to lie to ourselves. All the beautiful papers presented and applauded woefully failed to address the real issues. Yet we all clapped for them. Let me ask; where is the the Chairman of BoT of this Foundation? Don’t tell me, he is in jail for stealing money of his people while he reigned as their governor. Even on this high table (points at the high table), there are people who have stolen the futures of their people yet, we are all here lying to ourselves! Our leaders in Northern Nigeria are thieves! They compete in stealing at any given chance. We must not continue to hide them.”
I specially want to commend Rtd Brig. General Galadanci for being courageous enough to tell Nyako and other Northern leaders that they are worthless liars whose glory is suffocating in total shame with shading away their names on the good books written in goals and in pearls.
– Baraka, a public commentator wrote in from Abuja