The Nigerian Political space has been filled with a lot of outrage ever since Attorney of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed that the FG might consider declaring a state of emergency in Anambra state due to recent violence and killings as the gubernatorial election date gets closer.
MALAMI MAKES STATE OF EMERGENCY THREATS
After the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, disclosed to journalists that the FG will not be ruling out any possibility when the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened. He went on further to state that nothing will be ruled out as FG will ensure that the upcoming gubernatorial elections hold in Anambra state.
He stated that, ” 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, what I’ m saying in essence, no possibility is out ruled by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra hold” .
” And you cannot rule out the possibility of declaration of 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” .
ONLY WHEN THERE IS BREAKDOWN OF PUBLIC ORDER & PUBLIC SAFETY- FALANA
One of Nigeria’ s foremost Human Rights Lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana reacted to the statement of AGF Malami by stating that only when there is actual breakdown of Law and order can a president declare state of emergency in a state. He also added that, the President can only issue the proclamation when the Governor of the state fails within a reasonable time to make a request to the President to issue such Proclamation.
The statement read, ” Section 305 of the Constitution provides that the President shall have the power to issue a Proclamation of a state of emergency if there is actual breakdown of public order and public safety in the Federation or any part thereof to such extent as to require extraordinary measures to restore peace and security or there is a clear and present danger of an actual breakdown of public order and public safety in the Federation or any part thereof requiring extraordinary measures to avert such danger” .
” It is pertinent to note that the President shall not issue a Proclamation of a state of emergency in any State unless the Governor of the State fails within a reasonable time to make a request to the President to issue such Proclamation. The power of the President to impose emergency rules is limited to the adoption of extraordinary measures to restore law and order or peace and stability. In other words, if a State of emergency is validly declared in any State or in the entire country, the President is empowered to deploy troops and take other extraordinary measures to restore law and order” .
FG’ S BLAME GAME ON STATE GOVERNMENT IS HYPOCRISY- AFENIFERE
Jare Ajayi, National Publicity Secretary of the Yoruba socio- cultural organization, Afenifere, also reacted to AGF Malami’ s threat of State of Emergency calling it a verdict of failure on the part of the Federal Government since they are the ones who control the security forces of all states, while the State Governors stand as Chief Security Officers.
Ajayi in a statement said that, ” It was in order for the federal government to warn that the incessant violence in the state was unacceptable and may lead to undesirable consequence, but it is a height of blame game and hypocrisy to put all the blame on the state government when it is clear that the main security apparatuses in the country are controlled exclusively by the federal government. The highest any state government in Nigeria is allowed to do in terms of security is to set up local vigilante groups who cannot carry equipment necessary to combat insecurity in this 21st security” .
” The kind of weapon they could carry under the present Nigerian law is the type a person going to hunt for game in the bush can carry while those they are supposed to confront are armed with almost the most sophisticated weapons available” .
PDP ALLEGE RIGGING PLOT
Kola Ologbondiyan, The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, in a statement alleged that the threat of a state of emergency in Anambra state was a ploy by then ruling All Progressives Congress to suppress the people and manipulate the upcoming gubernatorial election. He said, ” The PDP holds that the reported move to foist an emergency rule in Anambra state is a ploy by the APC- led government to suppress the people, manipulate the process and rig the governorship election for the APC and its candidate.
” Our party demands that the APC and its administration should come clean on their roles in the sudden rise in insecurity in Anambra State ahead of the election. This demand is predicated on apprehensions in the public space that the spate of insecurity in Anambra is contrived to heighten tension in the state so as to derail the democratic process to the advantage of the APC” .
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