Jonathan un­der pres­sure to ex­tend emer­gency rule in Adamawa, oth­ers - APC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin SANI MAIKATANGA

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) at the weekend al­leged that some forces are bent on stam­ped­ing Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan to ex­tend the on­go­ing emer­gency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States.

In­terim na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary of the party, Al­haji Lai Mo­hammed, while speak­ing with news­men in Ilorin, warned that the con­se­quences of such ac­tion might not be in the in­ter­est of those ask­ing the pres­i­dent to ex­tend the rule and the coun­try in gen­eral.

He claimed that the forces be­hind the call for ex­ten­sion of the emer­gency rule were also pres­sur­iz­ing the pres­i­dent to sack gov­er­nors of those states; all of whom are APC mem­bers.

The three states have been un­der emer­gency rule for the past 11 months. The emer­gency was pre­cip­i­tated by the rag­ing in­sur­gency and ter­ror­ism­re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties in the states.

Prom­i­nent stake­hold­ers in the re­gion have also kicked against ex­tend­ing the emer­gency rule which in their views has not sup­pressed the in­sur­gency.

Speak­ing with news­men shortly af­ter the state APC congress, the party’s spokesman noted that the pres­i­dent could not uni­lat­er­ally ex­tend the emer­gency rule with­out the sup­port of two-third mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

He said: “The pres­i­dent can­not de­clare the emer­gency with­out se­cur­ing two-third ma­jor­ity of mem­bers of the Na­tional As­sem­bly and there are cer­tain is­sues that are to be con­sid­ered by the Na­tional As­sem­bly be­fore they would grant the ex­ten­sion. But you see, what is ac­tu­ally wor­ri­some is the call by some people to the ef­fect that the demo­cratic struc­tures in those states be dis­man­tled and the gov­er­nors should be sacked. And we be­gin to ask our­selves; when and how does the gover­nor be­come an im­ped­i­ment to fight­ing in­sur­gency?”.

“On the con­trary, you can­not fight any in­sur­gency with­out demo­cratic struc­tures be­ing in place. So I hope those who are try­ing to stam­pede the pres­i­dent into sack­ing those gov­er­nors will have a re­think be­cause the con­se­quences would not be in the in­ter­est of ei­ther the people they want to pro­tect or the coun­try,” he said.

On the memo writ­ten by Nyako ac­cus­ing Jonathan of car­ry­ing out geno­cide against the north which was con­demned last week by the na­tional se­cu­rity coun­cil meet­ing con­vened by the pres­i­dent, Mo­hammed said though it was not a party is­sue, the al­le­ga­tions in the memo should be in­ves­ti­gated.

“I think all these is­sues about con­dem­na­tion or no con­dem­na­tion; let’s look at the mes­sage, what is Nyako say­ing?”


Cos­mos FC Old Mem­bers As­so­ci­a­tion (COSFOMA) Unity Fo­rum pray­ing for the chil­dren at Nasarawa Chil­dren’s Home, shortly af­ter they do­nated items to the home in Kano on Satur­day.

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