The Commissioner of Information in Anambra State, Don Adinuba, has condemned threats by the Federal government to declare a state of emergency on the state.
Adinuba opined that it is outrageous for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), to say a State of Emergency might be declared in Anambra to ensure that the November 6 governorship election in the state takes place.
According to the commissioner, “Anambra has not experienced the level of killings recorded in Kaduna, Borno, Zamfara and the other Northern states where rampaging bandits have murdered hundreds of innocent citizens in the last few months.”
Recall that after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, Malami said the insecurity in Anambra state is worrisome and that emergency rule might not be ruled out in the Southeast state.
“No possibility is ruled out 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,” he said
Reacting to Malami’s comment, Adinuba who spoke on Channels TV last night, said Malami’s statement was politically motivated.
“Since the renewed violence in Anambra State which we believe is politically motivated, not more than 15 persons have been killed. How many persons have died in Borno, Niger, Kaduna, Yobe, Zamfara, even Imo, which is APC-controlled, (and) Ebonyi, which is APC-controlled? Has anybody threatened emergency rule in any of these states?
For the past seven years, Anambra has remained the safest state, most stable in Nigeria.
We remain the only state in the whole country that for the past seven years, has not experienced one single bank robbery; what is going on is politically motivated and the declaration by the honourable Attorney-General of the Federation is a confirmation.”Adinuba said.