Murtala Nyako

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Murtala Nyako
Governor of Adamawa State
In office
29 April 2008 – impeached 15 july 2014
Preceded by James Shaibu Barka
Succeeded by Umaru Fintiri
In office
29 May 2007 – 26 February 2008
Preceded by Boni Haruna
Succeeded by James Shaibu Barka
Chief of Naval Staff
In office
Preceded by Rear Adm. P.S. Koshoni
Succeeded by Vice Adm. D.P. Omotsola
Governor of Niger State
In office
February 1976 – December 1977
Succeeded by Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe
Personal details
Born (1942-08-27) 27 August 1942 (age 75)
Mayo-Belwa, Adamawa State, Nigeria
Political party All Progressive Congress
Alma mater Britannia Royal Naval College
Website Personal Website
Military service
Allegiance  Nigeria
Service/branch Badge of the Nigerian Navy.svg Nigerian Navy
Years of service 1963-1993
Rank Vice Admiral

Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd), GCON, CFR: rcds, D.Agric. (H.C.) was elected Executive Governor of Adamawa State, Nigeria, taking office in May 2007.[1] Prior to then he served in the Navy, at one time being military governor of Niger State, and being appointed Chief of Naval Staff in December 1989.[2]

Early life[edit]

Murtala Hamman-Yero Nyako was born at Mayo-Belwa, Adamawa State on 27 August 1943.[2] His father, Alhaji Hamman-Yero, was a notable merchant and produce buying agent, whose mercantile activities was directly responsible for the establishment of John Holts and Sons Ltd centre at Mayo-Belwa. His mother, Hajiya Maryam Daso, was a housewife who was keen on Islamic studies and herbal medicine.

He started his western education at Mayo-Belwa Elementary School in January 1952, proceeded to Yola Middle School in January 1955 and commenced his secondary school education in the same school in January 1958.[2] He was noted whilst there for his academic achievements and sporting prowess.

Naval Career Service[edit]

Nyako joined the Royal Nigerian Navy in June 1963 as an officer cadet, commenced his officer training at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in September 1963, was commissioned as a Sub-Lieutenant in September 1965 and completed his initial naval training in September 1965.[2]

Nyako returned to Nigeria in October 1966 to serve in the Nigerian Navy until September 1993. During that period, he held a number of on-board and shore appointments. He was at one time a Commanding Officer of a Patrol craft, a Landing craft and the first missile carrying ship of the Nigerian Navy. In February 1976, General Murtala Muhammad appointed Nyako governor of the newly formed Niger State, which had been split out from Sokoto State. He served in this post until December 1977. Later he became the Chief of Naval Operations at the Naval Headquarters, the Flag Officer Commanding the Western Naval Command and the Flag Officer Commanding the Naval Training Command from where he was appointed the Chief of Naval Staff in January 1990. Two years later, he was appointed the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff and retired from the Service in September 1993 with the rank of Vice Admiral.[2]

Post Naval Career and Agricultural Activities[edit]

Nyako was born a cattle owner as his mother had been allocated some cows for her offspring before he was born. He was, therefore, most involved with cattle rearing and later general agricultural development while he was in the Naval Service. The main issue as he understood it was improving substantially the productivity of Nigeria's agricultural units and the quality of their products. He commenced a sustainable cross-breeding programme of his local cattle with exotic superior sires in 1990 with very satisfactory results. He also got involved in the production of horticultural crops, and his first commercial export of musk melons to Europe using chartered aircraft took place in January 1990. Exotic mangoes from his mango orchard of 50,000 trees were first exported to Europe in 1993. He is also presently involved in the modern production of dates, passionfruit, banana, pasture development, breeding of goats and fish farming.[3]

Nyako is the President of the Horticultural Crops Growers Association of Nigeria, the Practicing Farmers Association of Nigeria and the Apex Farmers Association of Nigeria. He is a patron of numerous farmers' commodity associations in the country. Admiral is a successful integrated farmer of international repute. He is sole owner of one of the largest dairy farm in the country, Sebore (EPZ) Farms. In addition, Nyako owns the largest mango farm in the country leading to him being known as Baba Mai Mangoro (BMM).[3]

Political career and controversy[edit]

Nyako entered politics in 2006. He was elected Governor of Adamawa State in April 2007.[1] In February 2008 the Election Petition Appeal Tribunal annulled his election, alleging electoral malpractices. The House Speaker James Barka was sworn in as Acting Governor on 26 February 2008.[4][5]

A fresh election was run, and Nyako was reelected with a landslide victory taking all 21 Local Government Areas, resuming office on 29 April 2008.[6] Soon after, the House initiated moves to impeach Nyako, but was dissuaded after the personal intervention of President Umaru Yar'Adua.[7] The relationship improved, and in March 2010 the Adamawa State House of Assembly passed a vote of confidence in Governor Nyako, describing him as a "messiah" to the people of the state.[8] In 2012 after the Governor's first tenure, he ran for a second term and was once again re-elected. [9]

On July 15, 2014, the governor was impeached as the state House of Assembly deliberated on the report of an investigative panel that probed allegations of financial misconduct against him. The report found the governor guilty of all the 16 allegations of gross misconduct leveled against him by the House.

On 11 February 2016 the Federal Court of Appeal declared the impeachment null and void and ordered that all his entitlements accrued from the date of impeachment be paid to him. The judgment was upheld on 16 December 2016 by the Supreme Court of Nigeria but declined to reinstate him.[10]


Nyako has been a recipient of an honorary Doctorate Degree of Agriculture from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; University of Technology Minna, (2008); University of Technology, Yola (2009) and the National Awards of Commander of Federal Republic (CFR) in 1993, Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) in 1999 and another Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 2002.[11]

Nyako is married with children.


  1. ^ a b SPPU Adamawa State Government, "[]"
  2. ^ a b c d e "Adamawa Emirate Council: SARKI YAMMA ADAMAWA". Adamawa Emirate. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  3. ^ a b UCHE USIM (July 8, 2004). "Ex-naval boss hits gold in farming". Daily Sun. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  4. ^ Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar and Andrew Agbese (27 February 2008). "Aftermath of Tribunal Judgement - Adamawa AG Gov Sworn-in As Tribunal Sacks Nyako". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  5. ^ "A Master Survivalist". ThisDay. 2008-03-01. Retrieved 2010-05-09. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ HENRY UMAHI (December 27, 2008). "2008: The big stories • The good, the bad and the ugly". Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  7. ^ IBRAHIM MUHAMMAD (14 March 2010). "Nyako, lawmakers: How long will the truce last?". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  8. ^ Clement Ekong (15 March 2010). "2010: Adamawa PDP chair to aspirants: No vacancy in Government House". Nigerian Compass. Retrieved 2010-05-24. 
  9. ^ Ihuoma Chiedozie and Olusola Fabiyi (February 6, 2012). "2012: Nyako wins Adamawa Governorship election". The Punch. Retrieved 2012-04-11. 
  10. ^ Evelyn Okakwu (December 16, 2016). "Ex-Governor Nyako loses at Supreme Court". Premium Times. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  11. ^ Sheshi Mohammed (10 April 2007). "Nyako - A Patriot in Politics". ThisDay. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 

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