By Rotimi Ijikanmi The federal government has expressed support to Justice Minister Abubakar Malami over the possibility of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra if the relentless killings and other criminal acts in the state persist.
Malami, also the Federation’s Attorney General, said on Wednesday that the federal government would not rule out the option of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra given the violence in the state ahead of the Nov. 6 governor’s vote in the state.
Mohammed said no government would sit back and allow the pillar of democracy to be destroyed.
“For the past two weeks the IPOB had imposed sit-at-home on citizens, they wouldn’t allow people to go to schools, markets and there are also high-profile killings.
“The AGF said yesterday that the government will do everything in its power to restore law and order in Anambra and throughout the South East to ensure that the symbols and pillars of democracy are not tampered with.
“The next state elections are one of the pillars of democracy
“Those who criticize the AGF on this, have they thought for a minute what would happen if the elections did not take place in Anambra state on November 6?
“They should keep in mind that under our constitution a governor cannot spend an extra day beyond the four-year term.
“What will happen will be a constitutional crisis of immense proportion,” he said.
The minister recalled that during previous democratic derogations, a state of emergency had been declared in the states of Ekiti and Plateau.
He said what was happening in Anambra now was worse than what happened in Plateau and Ekiti when the state of emergency was declared.
On the position of some critics that the government did not declare a state of emergency in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna where they alleged that there had been more killings, the minister said the situation did not was not the same with Anambra
“You don’t compare apples with oranges, the bandits in Katsina don’t want to leave Nigeria.
“They don’t want to declare their own republic and they don’t say there won’t be elections. Above all, they are criminals.
“It is a fallacious argument to say that they killed more people in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna than they killed in Anambra.
“What is happening in Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger is crime and the government will not tolerate it.
“I did not see the bandits hoisting any flag anywhere unlike Boko Haram.
“Until they were evicted from Bama, they set up their own government, collecting taxes,” he said.
The minister added that if it was necessary to declare a state of emergency in the states of Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna, the government would not hesitate to do so.
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