Emer­gency rule: Gaidam, Nyako fire back at Clark, Ak­pabio

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hamza Idris, Maiduguri

Gover­nor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State and his Adamawa coun­ter­part Mur­tala Nyako yes­ter­day took a swipe at Ijaw el­der Ed­win Clark and Akwa Ibom Gover­nor God­swill Ak­pabio over their call for the ap­point­ment of mil­i­tary ad­min­is­tra­tors in states un­der emer­gency rule. In a joint state­ment by their spokes­men, Nyako and Gaidam de­scribed such calls as provoca­tive, di­ver­sion­ary, un­demo­cratic and un­for­tu­nate.

The state­ment was signed by Gaidam’s me­dia dviser Ab­dul­lahi Bego and Nyako’s press di­rec­tor Ah­mad Sa­joh.

They said ap­point­ing a ‘sole ad­min­is­tra­tor’, as noted by many com­men­ta­tors, is a con­sti­tu­tional aber­ra­tion which can­not be found, even im­pliedly in the 1999 con­sti­tu­tion.

They ar­gued that Clark and Ak­pabio’s com­ments smack of fas­cism and are a veiled at­tempt at sab­o­tag­ing the na­tion’s democ­racy which should be re­sisted.

“Cu­ri­ously, both Clark and Ak­pabio are ben­e­fi­cia­ries of con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism and democ­racy in Nigeria. It is there­fore mind bog­gling that the two would seek to put both con­sti­tu­tion­al­ism and democ­racy in jeop­ardy on the al­tar of their per­sonal in­ter­ests,” the state­ment said.

It noted that Clark made a se­ri­ous an­a­lyt­i­cal er­ror when he tried to liken the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in Yobe, Borno and Adamawa states with the sit­u­a­tion in Ek­iti when an emer­gency rule was de­clared by then-Pres­i­dent Obasanjo.

The state­ment ar­gued that gov­er­nors of the af­fected states were demo­crat­i­cally elected and are serv­ing more than 10 mil­lion people. He said also that while the se­cu­rity cri­sis in the three states is crim­i­nal and in­sur­gent rather than re­li­gious or po­lit­i­cal, it has never led to a break­down in gov­er­nance in the states.

It said that the gov­er­nors have al­ways re­sponded by do­ing what is needed to be done to pro­tect the lives and property of the people by sup­port­ing se­cu­rity agencies morally, fi­nan­cially and lo­gis­ti­cally even though the cur­rent state of emer­gency means that they do not have con­trol over se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions.

“They have also led a very se­ri­ous ef­fort at mo­bi­liz­ing the pop­u­la­tions of their states to sup­port the on­go­ing se­cu­rity ef­fort and to pray fer­vently to God in mosques and churches and homes.

“Mil­i­tary com­man­ders and se­cu­rity chiefs on the ground in the states can tes­tify to this,” they said.

“Mr. Clark also demon­strated crass ig­no­rance and in­sen­si­tiv­ity to the plight of people in the North-east by sug­gest­ing that some­how the miss­ing Chi­bok school girls would not have been kid­napped if Borno State was un­der a ‘to­tal state of emer­gency’.

“Is Mr. Clark not aware that over the past 12 months, there was all man­ner of se­cu­rity pres­ence in the three states when we wit­nessed some of the most heinous and de­spi­ca­ble ter­ror­ist at­tacks on our schools in Ma­mudo, Buni Yadi and Gu­jba and on our towns and vil­lages from Izge to Baga?”

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