After reading Dr. Reuben Abati’s article on Governor Murtala Nyako and the press, I feel very sorry for the governor of
Being a public office holder, Nyako ought to realize that his conducts, both private and in public are subject to scrutiny by everyone, especially the press which act as the watchdog in the society. One is concerned about the way public figures like Nyako react to issues of public interest, especially when they find themselves at the receiving end of the divide. Has it not occurred to Nyako that,
Nyako’s coming as a democratically elected governor received the warm embrace of people who knew him from his days as the no-nonsense governor of
Now that the governor has decided to surprise all, with his latest diatribe against the press about a true story on his wives fighting for positions, causing unnecessary distraction, at the expense of Adamawa public, one wonders when
Having said that, it is instructive also that the Nigerian constitution does not recognize the office of a first lady, and that giving it a prominence as we do in the country now is laughable, and should be condemned. In a civilized society, the first lady is essentially involved in activities that complement her husband’s efforts towards caring for the most vulnerable in the community, such as women, children, and the elderly. But unfortunately in Nigeria, the office is mostly used to showcase how well dressed a governor’s wife can be, with the ultimate aim being to show other women that she has arrived, as if her life is a special creation of God.
Giving publicity to frivolities has been the bane of the Nigerian society, and somehow, rather disturbingly, most Nigerian politicians have been more involved and guilty in this regard. They look forward to praise-singing, even when their activities are not in consonance with their oath of office. To them, the public trust they enjoyed before reaching political offices, is nothing but a misplace one if their conducts during their tenure are to be assessed. If that is not the case, how can one explain a situation where a governor flared up on an issue that borders on how not to run a state in the Federation of Nigeria, at this age and time? It is shameful, and the other governors in the country should save their member by calling Governor Nyako to order through their association – the
As to the apology purportedly given when the governor’s chief of staff invited the journalists to “nominate one of them to speak on their behalf”, I trust the Nigerian Press, they know who can speak for them, and definitely the apology giver is not one of them. For the gentleman, he has the right to personally apologize, but not on behalf of the entire members of the Fourth Estate of Realm. Governor Nyako’s conduct with journalists in his house to say the least is not acceptable in a democratic setting.
The governor should be reminded that his position in the state is at the blessing of the people and not the barrel of the gun as he is used to. Cursing journalists whom you invited to dinner in the Month of Ramadan is unbecoming of a true Muslim, and someone who benefited immensely from God’s blessings by reaching the pinnacle of his profession. My advice to the governor is to publicly apologize to the invited journalists in particular and the Nigerian Press in general for his unnecessary arrogance.
And lastly, I enjoin Nyako to enroll in anger management course in an apparent move, and probably to prevent future occurrence. God forgive Murtala Nyako. AMEN.
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