Clark wants mil­i­tary govs for Adamawa, Yobe, Borno states

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

For­mer in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter Chief Ed­win Clark has urged Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan to ap­point mil­i­tary ad­min­is­tra­tors for Adamawa, Yobe and Bornu states which are cur­rently un­der emer­gency rule due to ac­tiv­i­ties of Boko Haram in­sur­gents.

Ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Abuja yes­ter­day en­ti­tled “this non­sense must stop now,” Chief Clark also called on Pres­i­dent Jonathan to de­clare an ex­tended the state of emer­gency in the three states.

Clark, a for­mer Se­na­tor said the con­di­tions and cir­cum­stances that pre­cip­i­tated the dec­la­ra­tion of the state of emer­gency in 2013 were still preva­lent in the three and in greater scale and fe­roc­ity.

He said the un­chal­lenged ab­duc­tion of over 200 school girls would not have been pos­si­ble un­der a pro­tec­tive mil­i­tary regime in Borno state.

“This in ef­fect means that all demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions should be sus­pended to per­mit the mil­i­tary ex­er­cise full con­trol un­til peace and or­der re­turns. Se­cur­ing and safe­guard­ing the life of the cit­i­zens of Nigeria is a more sa­cred duty than con­sid­er­a­tions of po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency at this point of our na­tional life,” Clark said.

He said the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states epit­o­mized com­plete break­down of law and or­der, with dan­ger­ous in­cur­sions to the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory.

Ac­cord­ing to him, what hap­pened in Plateau and Ek­iti states where full dec­la­ra­tion of states of emer­gency that saw Gen. Olurin and Gen. Ali took over the reins of state ad­min­is­tra­tion were not of greater di­men­sion and scale than the hun­dreds of in­no­cent lives and property lost to the ac­tiv­i­ties of in­sur­gents in these states.

Chief Clark chal­lenged Gover­nor Mur­tala Nyako of Adamawa state to tell Nige­ri­ans what con­crete steps he has ini­ti­ated to end the in­sur­gency.

He said both the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser (NSA) and the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice (IGP) are from the North and will not sit by and watch their people killed.

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