Mixed reactions have trailed the threat by the Federal Government to impose a state of emergency in Anambra State, following an increase in the activities of faceless gunmen causing unrest in the state.
AGF Malami. Credit: PUNCH.
In recent times, unknown gunmen have turned Anambra into a mini war zone, launching a series of attacks on innocent residents of the state. The murder of Dr. Chike Akunyili, husband to the late Dora Akinyuli, was the straw that broke the camel's back and revealed what Ndi Anambra have been going through at the hands of unknown gunmen.
In reaction to the high rate of insecurity in Anambra, the Federal Government through the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, insisted that the earlier scheduled November 6 gubernatorial elections would take place, and that a state of emergency may be declared in the state if the attacks do not subside.
The late Dr. Chike Akunyili. Credit: PUNCH.
The statement from the Federal government caused uneasiness among Igbo political analysts and stakeholders. In reaction to the threat of a state of emergency in Anambra, Igbo Elders, among other things, made two key statements that I want to point out:
1. First, the elders described the threat of a state of emergency as unfortunate and suspicious, as the Anambra gubernatorial election is already around the corner.
2. The elders also wondered why the Federal Government is yet to issue threats of declaring a state of emergency in some northern states that have far worse security issues than Anambra State.
Igbo Elders. Credit: The Sun.
As the Anambra election draws closer, there have been allegations by APGA and the PDP that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is looking to win the election, and would not mind using unorthodox means to do so. The threat by the Federal Government may have reinforced that opinion, as it is quite unusual for a state of emergency to be declared by the APC-led FG a few weeks before an election in a state that is controlled by an opposition party.
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Also, the writer questions why the FG has not declared emergency in Northern States with far worse security issues than Anambra. You see why the elders regarded it as suspicious? Kaduna, Benue, and Niger States have been plagued by bandits and killer herdsmen for some time now, yet it is only Anambra that the FG feels needs a state of emergency?
Indeed, the security situation is precarious, no doubt; however, it has not gotten to a condition that the state government cannot handle. The FG should refrain from interfering and allow the Willie Obiano-led Anambra government to do its job. This way, it would not reinforce suspicions that the APC may be trying to force its way into the Anambra government house.
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