“And you cannot out rule possibilities inclusive of the possibility of declaration or state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.”
The federal government has warned that it may be forced to impose State of Emergency in Anambra State, to ensure peaceful conduct of the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state.
The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami, gave the warning when he fielded questions from State House correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Wednesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that concerned parties in Anambra project including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had raised an alarm over the upsurge in cases of violent attacks on individuals and government facilities in Anambra as the governorship election in the state draws closer.
The minister, however, threatened that the federal government may declare a state of emergency if the security situation in the state did not improve.
According to him, the federal government has the responsibility to sustain the democratic order and will do the needful in terms of ensuring that the election holds in the state.
“When our national security is attacked, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out.
“As a government, we have a responsibility to ensure the sustenance of our democratic order.
“As a government, we have a responsibility to provide security to life and properties.
“So, within the context of these constitutional obligations, of the government or the desire to establish democratic norms and order, there is no possibility that is out ruled,’’ he said.
He added that government would certainly do the needful in terms of ensuring that “our elections are held in Anambra in terms of ensuring necessary security is provided, and in terms of ensuring protection is accorded to lives and properties.
“So, what I’m saying in essence, no possibility is ruled out by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our election in Anambra holds,” Mr Malami said.
“And you cannot out rule possibilities inclusive of the possibility of declaration or state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.
“So, our position as a government is; election is going to hold, necessary security in terms of democratic order most certainly prevail for the purpose of this election.’’
Buhari disowns Malami, opposes state of emergency in Anambra
Meanwhile, the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, met with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The governor said he reported the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to the President over the minister’s pronouncement that the Federal Government might declare a State of Emergency in Anambra to ensure that the November 6 governorship election in the state takes place.
After the meeting with Buhari, Obiano said the President does not want any kind of intimidation ahead of the poll.
He stated that Buhari opposed the idea of emergency rule.
The Anambra State Government, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Senior Advocates of Nigeria including Paul Ananaba, Emeka Etiaba and Femi Falana, have carpeted Malami over his pronouncement.
The SANs, on Wednesday, deplored the threat by Federal Government to declare a state of emergency in Anambra State, should security situation in the state fail to improve.
Mohammed Abeny, SAN, said: “I don’t see the situation in Anambra to be worse than what is happening in Borno, Zamfara or even Niger state. Killing is killing, except FG’s decision will be political since the government in Anambra is not the same with the party at the center.
This is another case of a foot in the mouth statement from the attorney general of Nigeria, who as far as millions of Nigerians are concerned should have remained as a Sharia judge, who should never have been close to being a federal judge, not to talk of the attorney general of the federation.
It is the same Malami that dacked and campaigned for open grazing, against the establishment of states security outfit yet supports Hisbah Police, the one who hunted down Kanu and Igboho, but in favor of forgiving terrorists and reintegrating them into the society, the same one who supports the ban on twitter without the grasp of the legal ramifications of such decisions and very many more irrational and lawless decisions and behavior. The man thinks nothing through, who doesn’t seem to know his left from his right, the man who behaves like the attorney general for northern Nigeria.
It is such a shame that in a country where we have 10s of 100s of qualified Nigerians to hold such a sensitive post, it is given to a ethnic bigot because of where he is from.
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