Buhari disowned Malami on state of emergency
Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday, blasted Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, for suggesting that the Federal Government might declare a state of emergency in the state, if the security situation continued to degenerate, saying the AGF’s statement didn’t have the support of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Obiano, who met the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, yesterday said Buhari, as the President never mentioned anything relating to the AGF’s statement at the meeting.
Speaking with State House correspondents after the meeting, Obiano said Predident Buhari warned political parties against using intimidation in the November 6 governorship election in the state.
He described Malami’s comment as unfortunate, wondering why the minister had not considered a declaration of emergency rule in the North-East and North-West, especially in Kaduna, Katsina and Zamfara states where banditry and terrorism are claiming several lives virtually on a daily basis.
Obiano spoke as Anambra lawmakers yesterday demanded an apology from Malami over the statement, failing which, they urged the President to sack him if he did not resign.
Also the Middle-Belt Forum called for the sack of Malami for embarrassing the President as Ohanaeze Ndigbo commended President Buhari for distancing himself from Malami’s comment.
The governor also claimed that the lawmakers from the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, and other parties that defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, were paid N100 million each to join the party.
On Malami’s comment, the governor said: “That is a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General. Very, very unfortunate. I also reported that to the President and this is not in the books for the President because he knows that Anambra has been the safest state in Nigeria for seven years plus.
“These (are) invaders from outside Anambra State, from the neighbouring towns. We are going to deal with them. We are already working.
“Even to contemplate state of emergency is unfortunate. Look at what is happening in the North; they kill dozens every day. Because less than 15 people were killed in Anambra in two weeks, is that a reason for somebody to call for a state of emergency?
“That is a very unfortunate comment by Malami. I will call him to express reservation on those kind of comments, he shouldn’t try that.
“Anambra is doing well and don’t forget that Malami is on the National Campaign Committee for the APC candidate. So, if that’s their strategy, then they have failed already. Come to the ballot box, APGA will win and win hands down. They are trying to see how they can destabilise us. No, APC has no room in Anambra, there’s no party called APC in Anambra. Anambra is APGA.
“What happened for the period of two weeks is just a flash in the pan. Anambra has always been the safest state in Nigeria under my leadership for seven and a half years, so this little hiccup will not warrant his comment.
“Why didn’t he make those comments in Kaduna, in Jos, Imo, Zamfara? Why is he making that kind of assertion and we have an election by the corner? There’s no reason to make that assertion.”
On the current security situation in Anambra State, Governor Obiano said: “We are doing well already. Part of the reasons I came here is to brief some security agencies on the efforts I have made and to solicit some support in some other areas – the Army, the Navy, the Police in particular. The President also noted that and will give further directives.
“We are getting more boots on ground, we are getting more equipment and I believe in less than two weeks, all these things will be over. We will overwhelm and conquer all these miscreants that came from other states nearby to harass Anambra people. Let me stop at saying that they are from neighbouring states.”
On comparison between what is happening in the North-West, North-East and Anambra, Governor Obiano said: “When you have malaria and you have cancer, they are two different treatments. What we have in Anambra is malaria, so you don’t have to use a sledge-hammer to kill that.
“We are not near, in terms of confusion and security challenges, to Zamfara and others, so they are not good examples. The Army, Police, Navy, other arms-bearing people should consider the quantum of force to use. As a strategist, you don’t sit down here and order the army to carry the whole army in Nigeria to Anambra.
“In summary, what I am saying is what is happening in Anambra and this election must hold, the crisis and challenges are far from being close to challenges in the North-West and in the North-East, as the case may be. Buhari disowned Malami on state of emergency ALSO https://www.flashup.com.ng/greatness-messi-scores-hattrick-to-break-peles-south-american-record/
“They are not going to use an overwhelming force, that is what we are saying. But use the force required to be able to get the job done.
“The guarantee we are giving for this election is that this election will hold, we will have enough security to back the people and APGA’s candidate, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, will be the next governor of Anambra State.” Buhari disowned Malami on state of emergency