15 June 2012

Nigeria: Adamawa-Taraba Attacks - I Did Not Instigate Them - Nyako

Photo: Marcos Villalta / Save the Children
Ploughing the fields.

Yola — Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State yesterday debunked reports that he instigated the Bachama- Fulani reprisal attacks that claimed many lives in the state.

Bachamas socio-cultural group, Pene da Bwatiye had alleged that the governor and his government were availed with security reports and threats of a possible attack, but that they did nothing about it.

According to the national president of the association, Prince Hezron A. Fada, the government got wind of the attack since January 2012.

"Governor Murtala Nyako should be held responsible for his failure to promptly address the situation when the association made a representation to him on the need to forestall the attack," he stated.

Reacting, the governor's Chief Press Secretary, Mallam Maijama'a Adamu, described the allegation as baseless and unfounded.

"They are not being fair to this government because no good government would incite one ethnic group against another. It is unfortunate to hear that the reprisal attack was caused by the governor through connivance with his kit and kin," he said.

He said various security measures were taken by the state government to avoid the attacks. The measures, according to him include meeting with stakeholders and deployment of security operatives in the trouble areas.

While calling on leaders to always preach the gospel of peace, tolerance and mutual understanding, he warned against provocative utterances.

Our correspondent reports that in the meantime, Mayo Lope, a border town between Taraba and Adamawa States is now home to Fulanis who fled the troubled area.

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