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By Ehi Ekhator
The Council meeting yesterday was full of tension as some Governors, particularly the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom, Godswill Akpabio, and Ebonyi State Governor, Martin Elechi, attacking Murtala Nyako, the governor of Adamawa State, over his alleged genocide against the North.
Security council yesterday, ordered Service Chiefs to rescue the 234 girls abducted at the Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Responding to the order, the military chief promised the National Security Council that troops were closing in on insurgents as he described the operation as “highly tactical”
According to a source : “The Service Chiefs gave a detailed account of the operations being carried out to rescue the girls unhurt. They explained that they had to be highly tactical to avoid casualties.
“They repeatedly told us that the ‘troops are closing in on the insurgents’, but they did not want to divulge tactical information to the meeting.
“They also said the military was aware of the expectations of Nigerians on the girls and they promised not to let down the nation.”
It was gathered that the President, Goodluck Jonathan, appealed to the governors for cooperation and understanding in addressing the insecurity in the country.
The source said “The President pleaded with the governors to mobilise Nigerians to support the military to win the war against terror.”
On the status of the abducted girls, the source said that the meeting ended with the hope of that the girls will be rescued soon.
The source added that most of the deliberation was about Nyako’s memo which they said was in bad faith.
Governor Akpabio and Elechi chided Nyako’s memo and scolded him for what they referred to as “harsh tone”
“They shouted at one another and described Nyako as unpatriotic and and ethnic irredentist,” a source said.
Asked President Jonathan reply to the drama, the source said “You know he is a very restrained person, he was just watching
“The same way the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad was all attentive and looking at the scenario.”
Despite the attack, the source said Nyako was not sorry, he defended his position by repeating the content of the letter to the surprise of those at the meeting.
He said “He neither apologised nor withdrew the content or any part of the toxic letter. But he got the message of those at the session that his conduct was unacceptable to the governors.
“No one supported Nyako at the meeting. But he stood his ground, leaving most of us astonished,” the source said.