Nyako cau­tions Jonathan against ex­ten­sion of emer­gency rule

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamza Idris, Maiduguri

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.”

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