On Plans For Emergency Rule In Anambra

On Plans For Emergency Rule In Anambra
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It appeared a precipitous comment by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami (SAN) when he hinted that a state of emergency would be necessary in Anambra State for a hitch-free November 6 governorship election in the state.

There have been indeed a calamitous turn of events in the state for a while, occasioned by killings, maiming and senseless destruction of properties.

The scenarios were to say the least precarious and devastating.


With the trend, the Anambra situation has opened an unprecedented run in terms of comments as the election in the state counts down.

Malami was one the many that have reacted to the Anambra imbroglio but his, has attracted some political insinuations. A few stakeholders maintained he was playing a script for certain interests in order to feather the political nest of cronies and surrogates. While that has been denied in various quarters, others think the denial is merely to douse the tension already generated by the AGF’s comments.

In what appears as a rebuttal by the Federal Government that it was mulling a state of emergency in the state, Willie Obiano the state governor after a meeting with Buhari at the villa in Abuja, recently announced to a bewildered audience that there was no such conception by the FG.

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The governor said Buhari assured that he was only interested in a free and fair election in the scheduled governorship exercise in the state, citing the example of his (president’s) three previous attempts to win election until his fourth endeavour.

“The President is firm; he wants a peaceful election in Anambra State. He wants a free and fair election in Anambra State, that’s the President for you”, Obiano said.

“But if people in his party are going around making insinuations, using his name to do things, the President clearly told me that he does not support that”.

He described the comments suggesting that the State of Emergency could be imposed on Anambra to engender security of lives as “unfortunate”.     

Quick to react also was the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, which rejected the possibility of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra, saying it would be unacceptable and unfair.

The apex Christian body also said the government has lost the moral justification for seeking to apply such a stringent measure in the State, because “it has not lived up to expectations of Nigerians on security”.

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CAN’s Director, National Issues and Social Welfare, Bishop Stephen Adegbite, said this, in reaction to the disclosure by Malami that the FG could declare a State of Emergency in Anambra, if it is established that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.

“All the government should do is simple. Let our leaders provide adequate security for every State in Nigeria. Doing so makes more sense than seeking to declare a State of Emergency in any particular State”.

Nonetheless, the Bishop urged the people of Anambra and Ndigbo in general to cease the attacks on government institutions and personnel; stressing that wanton killings and destruction of public infrastructure were barbaric and abhorrent in Christianity.

“We, however, appeal to the people of Anambra and the entire Southeast sub-region to have a rethink and pursue the realization of their collective aspirations through peaceful means and dialogue. Lives lost cannot be regained and some properties destroyed may never be rebuilt”, CAN said.

AljazirahNigeria commends the President for quickly dispelling position of Malami that the government was going to impose an emergency rule in the state, as it would allay fears in several quarters that a draconian regime was being envisaged in order to pave way for particular interests to take over the reins of governance in the state under such a guise.

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We call on all stakeholders in the Anambra project to sink their differences and work in furtherance of the total good. The state belongs to all and they must not allow parochial interest to overshadow the people’s common interest.

The security agencies must also enhance their professional competence to track rabble-rousers and many others who are tools in hands of politicians who would do everything to maintain their grip on power. 

AljazirahNigeria cautions any attempt to rationalize the move as the Anambra situation is not about the nation’s worst case scenario. The government should energise its security network to tackle frontally the security challenges across the country devoid of tainted political undertones.


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