Abubakar Malami, the Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, has warned that if the deaths and violence in Anambra State do not stop, drastic action may be taken.
The Federal Government may impose a state of emergency in the South- East state, according to Malami, to ensure that the upcoming governorship election holds.
The minister went on to say that the government has decided to hold the election on November 6 and that the government is committed to ensuring a smooth and fair election in Anambra.
Malami told news reporters after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Wednesday that the security of Nigerians and people in Anambra is a top priority for the government.
He stated further that a state of emergency may be imposed in the state If national security is attacked and the sanctity of the constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened.
His statement reads, ” When our national security is challenged, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out”
” It is our duty as a government to protect the survival of our democratic order. We have a responsibility as a government to ensure the safety of people and property.
” There is no way that this can be overruled in the context of the government’ s constitutional duty, or the goal to establish democratic norms and order.
” So, in terms of protecting the sanctity of our democratic system, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra hold, no possibility is out ruled by the government.
” And you can’ t rule out the potential of a state of emergency being declared if it is established, in essence, that the state government has failed to guarantee the sanctity of life, property, and democratic order. “