President Buhari had a closed-door meeting with Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, at the state House Abuja this morning, October 7, and the matter of a state of emergency being declared in the southeastern state was discussed.
The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, stated this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja on Wednesday.
Malami made it clear that the government is determined to ensure a hitch-free election in Anambra despite the wave of attacks and killings in the state.
“When our national security is attacked, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out,” he 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 is out ruled.
“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 rule out the possibility of declaration of 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.”
The state governor, Willie Obiano, has now stated that Buhari is not in support of a declaration of emergency rule in the state.
The governor said this to state house correspondents, on Thursday, after meeting with the president at the villa in Abuja, where he faulted Malami’s statement, saying there are states facing insecurity, yet emergency rule has not been declared there.
Obiano who said he has reported Malami to the president, described the attorney-general’s statement as “unfortunate”, adding that he should have suggested the imposition of emergency rule in northern states experiencing more killings.
The governor said he would call the attorney-general to express his feelings over the suggestion, adding that apart from the recent security crisis, Anambra remains the most peaceful state in the south-east.