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Declaration Of Emergency Rule, A Failed Experiment – Borno Attorney General

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SoENatMirrThe emergency rule declared by the Federal Government in the volatile Northeast States of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, is a failed experiment that should not have even happened in the first place, the Borno State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaka Lawan, has said.

Mr. Lawan said the state of emergency declaration did not yield the desired results other than the gross infringement on the rights of residents of the affected states. He, therefore, called on the federal government to adopt a different approach to the security challenge rather than an extension.

The emergency rule will terminate in the second week of May. It was first introduced in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe on May 14 last year for an initial period of six months. At its expiration in November 2013, it was extended for another six months.

But the commissioner, while speaking with reporters on Friday, said “the first declaration of the state of emergency was actually an experiment which Nigerians thought it would at the end of the day work.

“But after six months, it turned out not very successful. We thought there was going to be a change of strategy, to get the desired result; unfortunately, there was no change of strategy, rather we experienced an extension”.

The Attorney General argued that if during the second part of the emergency declaration, the security situation in the affected places deteriorated, “then it means the declaration of state of emergency in these states is not the answer in the first place”.

“The possible answer should be a change of military strategy on the side of the central government so that terrorism and criminality could be fought frontally, once and for all in the country”.

Mr. Lawan warned that any further extension of the state of emergency would not only infringe on the fundament human rights of people, but would also ignite what he called a “constitutional warfare in the country”, especially as it affects the conduct of the 2015 general elections.

“Any further extension of the state of emergency will infringe on the rights of the citizens, particularly the right of movements as regards the curfews imposed. Besides that Nigerians will be going into the polls to elect their leaders, another declaration of the state of emergency will have a negative effect on both the federal and state government”.

“For instance, we are going into the year that all Nigerians will embark on electioneering campaigns, that is the more reason the federal government has to, as a matter of urgency, deploy strategy to combat this situation rather than imposing another emergency that will
still have a very negative effect on the people”, he said.

Mr. Lawan noted that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led federal government has also been affected by its failure to address the insecurity in the country.

“Take a look at a clear example with the PDP zonal rally in the northeast, which is normally held in Maiduguri, being the zonal political capital of the northeast; but this time around, despite
their might and power, they had to run to Bauchi to hold it there because of the fear of coming to Maiduguri.

“That is to say if the federal government fails to tackle the security situation in the northeast and other increasingly volatile states in the country, its electoral interest will be affected, especially as regards the fulfillment of the 25 per cent polls requirement in all the states in north-east region before anyone could form the federal government.

“So it is in the enlightened self-interest of the federal to work hard and ensure that there is enough peace all over the country before the election, else it would turn out to be a constitutional and legal issue at the end of the day”.

The commissioner lamented that the federal government was “playing hanky-panky” with the issue of security and asked that the military be encouraged and adequately equipped to help tackle the prevailing problems.

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  1. Rochet

    April 26, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Failed experiment because the governors of the three affected states were not removed. They should have been removed and replaced with military administrators.

  2. olly

    April 26, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    den what stop dis inept president from removing the governors of the states? if noting den Jonathan should vacate that post and cover his face with shame n go. bcos is a failure failure OLODO so dat the best man 4d job will emerge.

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

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I Received Vision That I Would Be Governor – Oyetola

Gboyega Oyetola

Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola has stated that God revealed to him in a dream that he would be Governor of the State long before he joined the race.

He revealed this while speaking at a service held to commemorate the second anniversary of his administration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Osun Province 1 Headquarters, Osogbo, on Sunday.

Oyetola said, “I am ordinarily not one who sees visions but on two occasions, I had a strange encounter. Imagine the son of an Imam, receiving a Christian song in a dream. That was my encounter.

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“All I could remember on both occasions was the last line of the song which says ‘IleriOluwa ni lati se’. Outside of that dream, I had never heard the song before. When the impression was heavy on my heart, I called one of my friends to ask him about the song, and he told me the song was the Track 2 of Timi Oshikoya’s album.

“He went out and got me the album and immediately I started listening to the track, my consciousness was restored and then I had an understanding of what God was saying to me. That revelation has continued to give me confidence of victory each time I am faced with legal and political battles since becoming governor.”

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

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Anyim Backed Out Of Defection Over Visit to Buhari – Umahi

Dave Umahi

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has claimed that a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari stopped former Senate President, Pius Anyim and National Assembly members from the state from defecting to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He made the claim on Sunday while speaking during an APC stakeholders’ meeting at the Bouquet Lodge, Old Government House, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

Umahi claimed that Anyim who served as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, and others refused to defect because he outsmarted them all.

“They were planning to ambush me, but it is difficult to catch the air,” he said.

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The governor insisted that he consulted all the National Assembly members and the elders from the state about his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), adding that they all agreed to the defection arrangement.

“Let me tell you, I’m not afraid of anybody but I respect everybody. But I have said that if God sent me, this will be the last fight in this state,” he said.

Umahi added: “All these people that came together to fight me, they collect contracts, they collect monthly pay, they collect vehicles. And when they are asked to bring people that worked for us, they will bring their wives, children and relations.

“Now, they are dressing words for us. We are in chapter one, in Chapter two, I will publish all that I have done for the leaders of this state.”

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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