By Jude Atupulazi
The nation was recently awash with news of the threat by the Attorney General of the Federation and Justice Minister, Abubakar Malami, of imposing a state of emergency on Anambra State following the spate of killings rocking the Southeast state.
As expected, a flurry of condemnations immediately followed, with salient questions being asked, while the Anambra State Government felt vindicated in its earlier assertion that the killings in the state were politically sponsored.
Indeed, following the spate of killings and destruction of property in Anambra which culminated in the brutal killing of the husband of the late former Minister of Information and former Director General of NAFDAC, Dora Akunyili, the state seemed to finally come out from her lethargy as it started taking more drastic measures to combat the menace of the unknown gunmen.
This led to the deployment of stern looking police personnel to Anambra State from Abuja. Later, soldiers followed suit, all in an attempt to find a solution to the killings.
But beyond the show of might by the troops of the Nigerian Army and men of police special squad, is the nonsensical threat of imposing a state of emergency on Anambra by Malami. For Malami, a northerner, to suddenly become very worried for our safety here to the extent of imposing emergency rule leaves much to be desired.
The northern states of the country have since been under the siege of Boko Haram insurgents against whom the nation have since declared a total war. Yet, elections have always been held in those states without emergency rule being imposed. Indeed, to compare what happens in the north to what happens here is to compare a local skirmish to a world war. That’s the huge difference the whole thing is; yet people like Malami see the Anambra issue as the greatest calamity.
I therefore ask, if there is a breakdown of law and order in Anambra, would schools be in session? Would banks and markets be operating?
Would people still be found at different ”joints” making merry?
There is indeed, violence in Anambra, but it has not got to the stage of declaring a state of emergency as contemplated by Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution.
Going ahead therefore to declare such will only suggest that a sinister motive is in place for some people to take over the state called Anambra.
But we quickly heard on Thursday that Obiano had met with the president in Abuja where the president assured him that there was no cause for alarm. I hope that Buhari will not end up as speaking from both sides of his mouth. Let me stop at this and give you the full text of the press release from the Anasmbra State Government.
Threat of State of Emergency in Anambra: Malami Has Confirmed the Worst Fear of Nigerian People
1.Like all Nigerians, the people and government of Anambra State are appalled at the statement ascribed to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, that the Federal Government will impose a state of emergency on Anambra State if the new spate of violence in Anambra State persists during the November 6 gubernatorial election in the state.
The declaration is not just a strong indictment of president Muhammadu Buhari who is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces and the country’s Chief Security who is in charge of the Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps but has confirmed the worst fear of the Nigerian people that politicians outside Anambra State in collaboration with their local minions are behind the recent spate of killings in the state to frighten people from coming out to vote in the forthcoming polls, thereby enabling them to write the results they like.
- It seems that since these politicians have proved unable to intimidate the Anambra people from coming out to participate in the vote, they have resolved to impose emergency rule on the state. Not up to 15 persons have lost their lives since the new spectre of violence in the state. For a state that has for the past seven years enjoyed the well-deserved reputation of being Nigeria’s safest and most peaceful state, this number is pretty high.
3.But it is absolutely not even a fraction of the casualties the nation has seen in places like Borno, Zamfara, Katsina, Benue, Plateau, Yobe, Niger, Adamawa, Taraba, and others where terrorists have not only killed several thousands of civilians but also successfully attacked military formations and slaughtered soldiers and other security officers. They have even brought down some sophisticated combat aircraft. Were elections not held successfully in these states in 2019?
- Is the number of victims of the politically motivated violence in Anambra State anything near what the nation has seen even in such states as Imo and Ebonyi controlled by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)? Why hasn’t Malami considered a state of emergency in these APC-controlled states?
- No further evidence is required to demonstrate that certain ominous political developments in Anambra State were contrived by a coterie of elements to ruin the November 6 polls so that they could have an opportunity to impose their lapdog on the state as the governor.
They include the strange and surreptitious filing of a case over the outcome of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) congress last June 23 in Anambra State at the Jigawa State High Court sitting in Birnin Kudu and the bizarre jurisdiction which Justice Ubale assumed over the case.
They also include the criminal summons which a customary court in Abuja issued on Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, the eminently successful former Central Bank of Nigeria governor and the APGA gubernatorial candidate in the November 6 vote. Nigerians are satisfied that both the Court of Appeal and the Chief Justice have discharged their duties professionally in correcting the misbehavior of the courts of first instance. The judiciary frequently proves in the end to be truly a temple of justice.
- It is certain that the Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice threatened emergency rule a few hours ago out of extreme frustration. Tomorrow is the deadline for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to publish the final list of candidates participating in the election.
Having proved incapable of subduing APGA and removing Professor Soludo as the APGA candidate, vested interests are resorting to the idea of emergency rule, through which they hope to capture Anambra State by all means and impose their lackey on a great, successful, robust and independent-minded people.
- It is axiomatic that the incessant change of police commissioners in the state may not be a mere happenstance. Anambra is having its fifth Commissioner of Police in six months.
The high turnover of police chiefs does not make for stability and continuity. Yet, the Federal Attorney General has the temerity to blame the State Government for the recent loss of lives in our beloved state.
- All Nigerians are perplexed at the determination of an infinitesimal clique of politicians to conquer Igbo people and make the Southeast a vassal state. They want to impose on us those the great Professor Chinua Achebe famously described as renegades who are committed to make Anambra a bankrupt and lawless fiefdom.
Anambra State, having made huge progress in recent years, cannot go back to the Dark Ages. Senator Chris Ngige, OON, a worthy former governor of this state who is currently the Minister of Labour and Employment, is right to state that the November 6 election in Anambra State provides a historic choice for the people to choose between eternal slavery and perpetual freedom. We have unequivocally chosen freedom for ever.
God bless Anambra State, the Light of the Nation.
- Don Adinuba
Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment.
Anambra’s Continued Absence From Southern, Southeast Meetings
When the Southern governors converged on Enugu recently to deliberate on issues of common interest to them, Anambra was the only state missing. There was no representation. This development drew many comments, most of them against the Anambra State Government. Then more recently, the Southeast governors met in Enugu and again Anambra was not there, becoming again the only state missing entirely. What is really happening?
When it is remembered that part of the deliberations of that meeting was how to find a solution to the insecurity in the Southeast Zone, of which Anambra fares worse, one begins to wonder why the Anambra State Government is showing such disinterest. To say that Anambra is today the unsafest state in terms of security outside the northern states is no exaggeration. Thus her absence at such critical meetings aimed at addressing security issues, among others in the zone, is not only strange but embarrassing.
This is a time when our state should be leading in the campaign for inter-state collaboration in stemming the tide of insecurity, a time when the state should even be hosting such meetings. But here we are; Anambra is always the only state missing from the meeting these days.
The danger in this is that Anambra may be alienating herself from other Southern governors who may not care to collaborate with us. Going to Buhari or posing as being nice to him is not enough. It is safer to trust fellow governors than to trust Buhari who after telling us upon his inauguration that he would be for all and none turned out to be for the north only.
Past experiences tell us that the north cannot be trusted when it comes to issues concerning the east. So what makes anyone think it will change now when they are even trying to usurp the presidency that is clearly the turn of Ndigbo now?
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