Last week, ahead of the governorship election in Anambra State on November 6, the Attorney- General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, alarmed Nigerians when he threatened to declare a state of emergency in the state of insecurity persisted.
Nigerians were appalled by his suggestion, which they reacted with indignation. Many questioned the criteria he used to assess the Anambra issue to make such risky recommendations.
Many Nigerians claimed that security was provided for polls in Borno and other parts of the North during the Boko Haram situation and that the Federal Government should do the same in Anambra if it comes to that, rather than declaring a state of emergency.
Some have even claimed that the plot was part of a hazardous plan by the APC- led federal government to win the election and seize control of Anambra State by any means necessary.
Chief Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra State, was furious and attacked the Attorney- General, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for making the idea in the first place. Obiano, who is on his way to Abuja to meet President Muhammadu Buhari, claimed the AGF’ s declaration did not have the President’ s approval. During their discussion, the President, he claims, never addressed anything about the AGF’ s comments.
Following the meeting, the governor told State House media that President Buhari had warned political parties against employing intimidation in the state’ s governorship election on November 6 and that Malami’ s words were terrible.
He questioned why the minister had not considered declaring a state of emergency in the North- East and North- West, particularly in the states of Kaduna, Katsina, and Zamfara, where banditry and terrorism claim lives regularly.
” That is a very poor comment from the Attorney- General; very, very unfortunate, ” Obiano remarked of Malami’ s remark. I also informed the President, but this is not on the books for the President because he is well aware that Anambra has been Nigeria’ s safest state for the past seven years. ”
” These are intruders from outside Anambra State; from the neighbouring communities, ” the governor remarked, referring to people instigating problems in Anambra. We’ re going to take care of them. We’ ve already started working.
We’ re getting more equipment, and I anticipate everything will be over in less than two weeks. All of these miscreants who came from other states to torment the Anambra people will be overwhelmed and defeated by us.
Let me conclude by stating that they are from nearby states. Whatever it is, I haven’ t had any issues with whoever is causing the trouble; whoever he is, we’ ll get rid of him. That’ s all I have to say about it. ”
” Even contemplating the state of emergency is awful, ” an enraged Obiano continued. Take a look at what’ s going on in the north; they’ re killing hundreds of people every day.
Malami’ s remark is quite bad. I’ ll phone him and communicate my misgivings about such remarks; he shouldn’ t try it. Anambra is performing well, and don’ t forget that Malami is on the APC candidate’ s National Campaign Committee.
” So, if that’ s their approach, they’ ve already failed. ” When it comes to voting, APGA will easily defeat them. They’ re attempting to destabilise us in any way they can.
” During my seven- and- a- half years as governor of Anambra, the state has always been the safest in Nigeria. As a result, this minor snafu will not elicit a response from him. Why did he not say those things in Kaduna, Plateau, Imo, and Zamfara? Why is he making such a claim when an election is just around the corner? There’ s no basis for making such a claim.