NUJ, RMG re­ject calls for re­moval of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa govs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Nige­rian Union of Jour­nal­ists (NUJ) and the Rights Mon­i­tor­ing Group (RMG) has urged the federal govern­ment to avoid heed­ing the call for the re­moval of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states gov­er­nors over the ris­ing in­sur­gency in their states and the seem­ing fail­ure of the emer­gency rule.

NUJ Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Mal­lam Mo­hammed Garba, in com­pany of other of­fi­cials of the union told re­porters in Abuja that re­mov­ing the gov­er­nors would not solve the prob­lem and would be counter-pro­duc­tive.

Na­tional Co­or­di­na­tor of RMG, Com­rade Olufemi Aduwo, told Daily Trust in an in­ter­view that the Pres­i­dent should not agree to re­move the gov­er­nors as such moves could trun­cate the present demo­cratic dis­pen­sa­tion.

“We are wor­ried that rather than work­ing to­gether to solve the in­se­cu­rity chal­lenge fac­ing the coun­try, the federal govern­ment and the state gov­er­nors un­der the emer­gency rule and those af­fected in one way or the other by the in­sur­gency seems to be work­ing in dis­cor­dant tunes,” he said.

The NUJ boss said: “INEC said the ban on po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties is sub­sist­ing, yet the lan­guages of politi­cians are very dis­turb­ing. It is dis­turb­ing that our politi­cians are yet to be ma­tured by their ut­ter­ances.”

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