The Anambra State government has kicked against the mulled declaration of a state of emergency by the Federal Government over the rising spate of insecurity in the state.
Don Adinuba, the state Commissioner for Information, relayed the state’s position in an interview on Wednesday while reacting to comments made by Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, Malami stated that “no possibility is ruled out” as the Federal Government could declare a state of emergency to guarantee the safety and sanctity of the Anambra governorship election, scheduled for 6 November.
But reacting, the Anambra State government questioned the motive of the AGF and the Federal Government, claiming that the consideration of such a decision was “politically motivated”.
According to Adinuba, the security situation in the state has not warranted such a declaration, noting that elections held in states with worse conditions than Anambra is currently experiencing in 2015 and 2019 respectively.
“Nigerians are outraged by the threat of the honourable attorney-general and minister of justice of the federation, a senior advocate of Nigeria,” Adinuba said on Channels Television.
“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, [also] APC-controlled, has anybody threatened emergency rule in any of these states?
“For the past seven years, Anambra state has remained the safest state, most stable in Nigeria. We remained the only state in the country that for the past seven years, we have not experienced a single bank robbery.
“What is going on here is politically motivated and the declaration by the attorney-general of the federation is a confirmation.
“I don’t want us to live in denial. What prompted the attorney-general of the federation to make that declaration is pure politics. There is no point being in denial.
“I have asked a very simple question: What is the situation in Borno, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Adamawa and Taraba? Elections were held in all these states, free and fair, declared by INEC.
“What is so special that the federal government of Nigeria should be contemplating a state of emergency. It is all about politics. There is nothing that has not been done to ensure that the right candidates do not participate in the election, including going as far as Birnin Kudu.”