Alhaji Lai Mohammed has defended Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami’s suggestion to declare a state of emergency in Anambra State.
NEWS MAIL NG reports that the Minister of Information and Culture said the Federal Government has to do everything to ensure that election is held in Anambra State to avoid creating a constitutional crisis.
He also explained why a state of emergency can not be declared in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna States. He said the bandits are not threatening to leave Nigeria.
“In the last couple of weeks, IPOB had imposed sit-at-home on the citizens. They did not allow people to go to schools, markets and there are also high profile killings.
“The AGF said yesterday that the 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 criticizing the AGF on this, have they thought for one minute what will happen if the 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 a constitutional crisis of immense proportion.”
Speaking on why Federal Government has not declared a of emergency on Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara states, he 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.”