Lai backs AGF on possibility of declaring state of emergency in Anambra as Kwara state bleeds | NN NEWS

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Kwara, the state of Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is under bandits and killers Herdsmen siege who have sacked farmers, has not been declared a state of emergence to save lives and properties. But corrupt politician like Lai, want state of emergence in Anambra state to rig in APC for his political interest. 

According to NAN; The Federal Government has expressed support for the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on the possibility of declaring state of emergency in Anambra State if the incessant killings and other criminal acts in the state persist. 

Malami had given the indication on Wednesday that the Federal Government would not rule out the option of declaring a state of emergency in Anambra State given the violence in the state ahead of the November 6 governorship poll in the state. 

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Malami’s position was to avert constitutional crisis in the state. 

Mohammed said no government would fold its arms and allow the pillar of democracy to be destroyed. 

“The AGF said yesterday that government will do whatever it takes to restore law and order in Anambra and the entire South East to ensure that symbols and pillars of democracy are not tampered with. 

“The forthcoming election in the state is one of the pillars of democracy 

“Those who are criticising the AGF on this, have they thought for one minute what will happen if election does not take place in Anambra State on November 6? 

“They should bear in mind that under our constitution, a governor cannot spend an extra day beyond the mandate of four years. 

“What will happen will be constitutional crisis of immense proportion.” 

The Minister recalled that during previous democratic dispensations, state of emergency was declared in Ekiti and Plateau States. 

He said what was happening in Anambra State presently was worse than what happened in Plateau and Ekiti States when state of emergency was declared. 

On the position of some critics that government did not declare state of emergency in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna States where they alleged there were more killings, the Minister said the situation was not the same with Anambra State. 

Mohammed said: “You do not compare apples with oranges, the bandits in Katsina do not want to leave Nigeria. 

“They do not want to declare their own republic and they are not saying there will be no elections. 

“They are primarily criminals. 

“It is a disingenuous argument to say that they have killed more people in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna than they killed in Anambra. 

“What is happening in Katsina, Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger is criminality and government will not condone it. 

“I have not seen the bandits hoist any flag anywhere as opposed to Boko Haram. 

“Until they were dislodged in Bama they set up their own government, collecting taxes.” 

The Minister added that if there is any need to declare state of emergency in Zamfara, Katsina and Kaduna States, the government would not hesitate to do so.

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