resident Muhammadu Buhari has foreclosed a possible declaration of a state of emergency in Anambra State ahead of the November 6, 2021 governorship election in the state, Governor Willie Obiano has said.
Obiana, who spoke with newsmen Thursday after a closed door meeting with the president at the State House, Abuja, declared that the reported threat of a possible state of emergency in his state was not President Muhammadu Buhari’s idea.
He, however, hinted that he had since reported the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to the President over the matter.
Describing the threat as unfortunate, the governor said he wondered why Malami had not mooted the idea of emergency rule in some Northern states, where he observed there had been a lot of killings.
“Well, that’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General Malami. Very, very unfortunate. I also reported that to the President and this is not in the books for the President because he knows that Anambra has been the safest state in Nigeria for seven years plus. These invaders from outside Anambra State, from the neighbouring towns, we are going to deal with them. We’re already working, there’s nothing really.
“Even to contemplate state of emergency is unfortunate. Look at what is happening in the North; they kill dozens every day, because less than 15 people were killed in Anambra in two weeks, is that a reason for somebody to call for a state of emergency? That’s a very unfortunate comment by Malami. I will call him to express reservation on those kinds of comments. He shouldn’t try that.
“Anambra is doing well and don’t forget that Malami is on the National Campaign Committee for the APC candidate. So, if that’s their strategy, then, they failed already. Come to the ballot box, APGA will win and win hands down. They are trying to see how they can destabilise us. No, APC has no room in Anambra; there’s no party called APC in Anambra. Anambra is APGA
“I just finished meeting with the President and I mentioned it and the President didn’t suggest that. 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. 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, therefore, wondered why the Attorney-General would make such a comment about his state, which he noted has been the safest in the country, and has not made a similar call for Northern states, where the security situation had for long been fierce and dangerous.
“We don’t have any challenge in Anambra. What happened for the period of two weeks is just a flash in the pan. Anambra has always been the safest state in Nigeria under my leadership for seven and a half years, so this little hiccup will not warrant his comment there.
“Why didn’t he make those comments in Kaduna, in Jos, Imo State, in Zamfara? Why is he making that kind of assertion and we have an election by the corner? There’s no reason to make that assertion.
“When you have malaria and when you have cancer, they are two different treatments. What we have in Anambra is malaria, so you don’t have to use a sledge hammer to kill that. We are not near, in terms of confusion and security challenges, compared to Zamfara and co, so they are not good examples.
“The Army, police Navy, other arms-bearing people should consider the quantum of force to use. As a strategist, you don’t sit down here and order the Army to carry the whole army in Nigeria to go to Anambra.
Source – ThisDay