No to emer­gency rule ex­ten­sion, say Borno, Yobe elders

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Habibu Umar Aminu

Borno and Yobe Peo­ples Fo­rum yes­ter­day said emer­gency rule im­posed in three north-east­ern states has failed and should not be re­newed when it ex­pires on April 19.

Pres­i­dent Jonathan im­posed six-month emer­gency rule twice in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states, tak­ing to­tal con­trol of the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion as se­cu­rity forces fight Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

Deaths in the Boko Haram vi­o­lence and reprisals by se­cu­rity forces are counted in thou­sands, with the vic­tims be­ing mostly civil­ians.

Ad­dress­ing a world press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day in Abuja, the fo­rum said the cur­rent state of emer­gency has not served the pur­pose for which it was in­voked.

Air Mar­shal Al-Amin Dag­gash an­nounced the de­mand on be­half of the fo­rum.

The fo­rum also called on the govern­ment to in­ves­ti­gate the vi­o­la­tion of the na­tion’s airspace in which he­li­copters were al­leged to be drop­ping arms in Birnin Gwari, Benue, Katsina as well as the trou­bled North east, and pro­vide safe cor­ri­dors to ac­cess the af­fected states to deliver re­lief from both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional sources.

The fo­rum also rec­om­mended the un­mask­ing of the spon­sors of the in­sur­gency in the area as latetey de­manded for by the North­ern Elders Fo­rum.

The fo­rum de­manded for the probe of the crises with par­tic­u­lar re­gards to those who mas­ter minded, en­cour­age or fi­nanced it for the law to take its cause.

“We urge the Federal Govern­ment to im­ple­ment the rec­om­men­da­tion of the Am­bas­sador Us­man Gaji Gal­ti­mari and Bar­ris­ter Tan­imu Tu­raki Pres­i­den­tial com­mit­tees.

“It is the con­sid­ered view of many com­men­ta­tors that had they been im­ple­mented, the in­sur­gency would have been largely con­tained,” the fo­rum said.

It sug­gested that the re­spec­tive state gov­er­nors should rather be al­lowed to use their mea­gre re­sources for the re­con­struc­tion of their states as well as the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and rein­te­gra­tion of the people.

The fo­rum said the N2 bil­lion bud­geted for the North East ini­tia­tive by the federal govern­ment is ‘grossly in­ad­e­quate’ adding that govern­ment should rather es­tab­lish a spe­cial in­ter­ven­tion fund for the re­con­struc­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion as well as rein­te­gra­tion of the people of the af­fected area.

In his wel­come ad­dress, Adamu Ciroma said fail­ure of the govern­ment to tackle the in­sur­gency in the North east has led to its spread across the re­gion and its con­se­quences are be­ing felt na­tion­wide.

He said the re­cent killings of scores of stu­dents at Buni Yadi Federal Col­lege has made the in­sur­gency a na­tional tragedy as fam­i­lies across the coun­try were af­fected.

He said the grav­ity of the sit­u­a­tion is un­be­com­ing and called for con­certed ef­fort by all stake­hold­ers with a view to ad­dress­ing the men­ace of the in­sur­gency.

“What af­fects the north east will def­i­nitely have im­pact on the rest of the coun­try,” he said.

PHOTO: MACJOHN AKANDE

From left: Re­tired Air Vice Mar­shal Al-Amin Dag­gash, Se­na­tor Ahmed Zan­nah and Am­bas­sador Baba­gana Kin­gibe, dur­ing the Borno-Yobe People’s Fo­rum news con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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