Nyako cautions Jonathan against extension of emergency rule
Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State yesterday said renewing a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states should not be an issue in today’s expanded security meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan, 36 state governors and other stakeholders.
Nyako said President Jonathan should not contemplate any extension because the previous ones have proved to be ineffective and counterproductive.
Speaking with the Hausa Service of the BBC which was monitored in Maiduguri yesterday, Nyako said the state of emergency declared in May, 2013 and renewed six month after did not mitigate wanton killing and destructions in the affected states.
According to him, “The Boko Haram insurgency has gotten worse” adding that “all over the world; the use of force by the military is the least option available to responsible governments in containing internal insurrection.”
Asked to shed light on the purpose of the security meeting, Nyako said, “We don’t know why he called us but we would be there. Whatever agenda he (President) has in his mind, we would be ready to respond because our condition has deteriorated in this country…It is wrong to use firearms on citizens because; soldiers are expected to deploy arms in containing external aggression.”