#State of Emergency in Anambra: Malami on a Satanic Political mission voyage —Stakeholders

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Ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami rattled Nigerians last week when he  threatened a possible declaration of state of emergency in the state if the insecurity in the state persisted.

His suggestion did not go down well with Nigerians who greeted it with outrage. Many questioned the parameter he used to judge the Anambra crisis to make such dangerous suggestion. A lot of Nigerians argued that in the heat of Boko Haram crisis  in Borno and other parts of the North, security was provided for elections to   hold; that the Federal Government has a duty to do that in Anambra if it comes to that, not declaring state of emergency. Some  have also gone ahead to allege that  the plot was a dangerous agenda for  the APC-led  federal government to win the election and take over Anambra State by all means.

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano who was livid blasted the Attorney-General, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for making that suggestion in the first place. Obiano, who headed to Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, said the AGF’s statement didn’t have the support of the President.  According him, the President never mentioned anything relating to the AGF’s statement during their meeting.

The governor, who spoke with State House correspondents after the meeting, said that President Buhari warned political parties against using intimidation in the November 6 governorship election in the  state and described Malami’s comments as unfortunate. He wondered why the minister had not considered a declaration of emergency rule  in the North-East and North-West, especially in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara States where banditry and terrorism are  claiming lives virtually  on  a  daily basis.

On Malami’s comment, Obiano said: “That is a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General; 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.”

The governor said those causing trouble in Anambra are from neighbouring states: “These are invaders  from outside Anambra State; from the neighbouring towns. We are going to deal with them. We are already working. We are getting more equipment and I believe in less than two weeks, all these things will be over. We will overwhelm and conquer all these miscreants that came from other states nearby to harass Anambra people. Let me stop at saying that they are from neighbouring states. Whatever it is, I have not had challenges with whoever is causing the trouble; no matter who he is, we are going to flush him out. That is all I can tell you.”

Enraged Obiano further said: “Even to contemplate state of emergency is unfortunate. Look at what is happening in the North; they kill dozens every day. That is a very unfortunate comment by Malami. I will call him to express my reservations 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.

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