Clark wants military govs for Adamawa, Yobe, Borno states
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.