Wanted Nyako returns, plans to meet Buhari


Former Governor of Adamawa State, Admiral Murtala Nyako (retd.), who was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, returned to Nigeria on Saturday.

Nyako, who arrived from London on a Lufthansa Airline flight, landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, around 4:42pm.

The former governor was received at the airport by former governor of Gombe State, Sen. Danjuma Goje; former governor of Zamfara State, Sen. Sani Yerima; his son, Abdulazeez, and other political allies.

One of his aides, who spoke with our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said Nyako decided to return to Nigeria following the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as President.

Nyako fled the country following his controversial impeachment by the Adamawa State House of Assembly.

His impeachment, which he is still contesting in court, was said to have been as a result of his disagreement with former President Goodluck Jonathan.

The former naval chief had accused the then President of having hands in the Boko Haram menace ravaging the North-East.

His problem with his former political party, the Peoples Democratic Party, started when the national headquarters of the party in Abuja dissolved the executives of the party in his state.

Nyako was one of the five governors that defected from the PDP to the APC at the height of the PDP crisis.

The former governor was declared wanted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission over allegation of financial crimes.

It had not yet clear if the anti-corruption agency would now arrest Nyako, who is currently in Abuja.

His political associates were said to be preparing a heroic reception for him in Yola, Adamawa State capital.

It was however gathered that Nyako would remain in Abuja till Monday and that he was planning to see Buhari before leaving the nation’s capital.

When contacted on the telephone, Nyako neither denied whether he was going to meet the President nor confirmed it, but he merely said that “I’m back. Yes, I’m back in the country.”

He said the task of moving the country forward must not be left in the hands of the President alone. “We must all join hands with him to repair the country,” he added.

But one of his aides said the former governor was planning to meet with President Buhari.

He said, “Baba Maigoro (as the former governor is called by his loyalists ) is planning to meet with the President before going to Yola.

“I’m not sure when that would be, but I heard him saying something like that. He is going to remain in Abuja till Monday.”

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