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Emergency Rule: Gov. Obiano Visits President Buhari

State Of Emergency: Gov. Obiano Visits President Buhari
State Of Emergency: Gov. Obiano Visits President Buhari (Photo By Bashir Ahmad)

Governor Obiano of Anambra State on Thursday 7th October 2021, paid a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa. His visit to the President is coming a day after the Federal Government threatened to impose a State of Emergency in the state over insecurity.

A Special Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Bashir Ahmad on Thursday 7th October 2021, shared a series of photos from the visit of Governor Obiano of Anambra State to President Buhari. 

According to the report by the Anambra State Broadcasting Service (ABS), stated that the outcome of the meeting was not disclosed to the press, but the station’s Government House correspondent, Ejike Abana who spoke to senior members of the Obiano government reports that the meeting which was held in closed doors may not be unconnected with the security challenges Anambra has faced in the last weeks, and also the coming Anambra gubernatorial elections.

The Federal Government through the Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, while speaking after the Federal Executive Council held on Wednesday 6th October 2021, said that the federal government may declare a state of emergency in Anambra State to ensure that the November election holds.

The minister said, “when our national security is attacked and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out”. And according to him, this includes “the possibility of declaring a state of emergency where it is established that there is a failure on the part of state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order”.

The Full Statement By Malami On State Of Emergency In Anambra?

 Malami who gave a briefing to newsmen at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the State House, Abuja, said no possibility will be ruled out inclusive of a declaration of a state of emergency in the determination to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

“When our national security is attacked, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out,” Malami said.

“As a government, we have a responsibility to ensure the sustenance of our democratic order. As a government, we have a responsibility to provide security to life and properties.

“So, within the context of these constitutional obligations, of the government or the desire to establish democratic norms and order, there is no possibility that [state of emergency] is out ruled.

“The government will certainly do the needful in terms of ensuring that our elections are held in a Anambra in terms of ensuring necessary security is provided, and in terms of ensuring protection is accorded to lives and properties.

“So, what I’m saying in essence, no possibility is out ruled by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra hold, and you cannot out rule possibilities inclusive of the possibility of declaration or state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.

“So, our position as a government is if these elections are going to hold, necessary security, in terms of democratic order, must certainly prevail for the purpose of this election.”

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