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State Of Emergency: Malami Owes Nigerians An Apology

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State Of Emergency: Malami Owes Nigerians An Apology

IfeanyiChukwu Afuba

Following the scaremongering by the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, that a state of emergency might be declared in Anambra State towards ensuring conduct of the November 6, 2021 governorship election, Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano promptly called the federal attorney general’s bluff.

Governor Obiano who earlier denounced the proposal as unacceptable in a statement by the Anambra State Commissioner for Information, C. Don Adinuba, met with President Mohammadu Buhar less than twenty four hours later to register objection to the Minister’s frivolous declaration.

In a roundly condemned interview, the Minister of Justice had embarked on an alarmist narrative of the approaching election.

Punch newspaper of October 6, 2021 reported Malami as saying: “… no possibility is ruled out by (the federal) 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’s established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of lives, properties and democratic order.”

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Malami’s outburst was wrong on several fronts. As a senior and experienced lawyer, he should not be seen trivialising the instrument of state of emergency. The provision contemplates the collapse of systemic law and order which is as far removed from Anambra’s recent situation as outer space. We have come some way from the gross abuse which Obasanjo’s imperial Presidency subjected the clause. There can be no controversy that invocation of state of emergency is a last resort in search of public safety and order and even at that, there are due processes prescribed by section 305 of the Nigerian Constitution.

It was insensitive of the Minister of Justice promoting the agenda of emergency declaration in a context and manner that would obviously heighten tensions. There had not been any engagement with the Anambra State Government on the issues. In the event, Malami’s emergency agenda – setting was a bombshell which triggered much disaffection.

Nigerians were understandably enraged at the discriminatory standards that found some terrorism – plagued states of the north undeserving of emergency intervention but considered Anambra’s sporadic security challenges fit for the sledgehammer. The bad faith galled and the effrontery behind the emergency campaign stood out in bold relief.

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Again, the blame game on which the emergency ruse sought anchor was illogical. It beats reason how State Governors who were made merely ceremonial chief security officers by the 1999 Constitution (amended) can be held to account for insecurity in their states. What has been the response of the Justice Minister to the long agitation by Nigerians for state police? Malami was only on a voyage of self illusion when he pontificated that the inability of the Governor of Anambra State to protect lives and property could necessitate the emergency option. It’s on record that Obiano is about the most security institutions – supportive Governor today. Every Inspector General of Police since 2014 has attested to the significant empowerment received from the Anambra State Government. What more can a Governor do?

It should also be stressed that the emergency contraception cannot lead to a successful election. The emergency route can only ruin the scheduled November 6 governorship poll. By its extra ordinary framework, the emergency dispensation curbs rights and freedoms. It disrupts and rolls back open society, ushering in a climate of fear. You cannot hold transparent, free and fair election in these circumstances. Malami, a member of the Anambra APC Governorship Campaign Council knows this.

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Mercifully, the Presidency has washed it’s hands off Malami’s misadventure. President Buhari, it emerged, assured the Anambra State Governor that the federal government had not contemplated the dangerous idea.

State Of Emergency: Malami Owes Nigerians An Apology

It is heart – warming seeing the mature way Obiano has handled this provocation. He rose to the demands of leadership and courageously demanded that the right thing be done. This leadership style of getting results without confrontation but also without conceeding rights was on display in 2015 when the new Governor surprisingly secured relocation of Boko Haram suspects in the State with seeming ease. It’s still Obiano’s finest hours.

Malami should apologise to the people of Anambra State, nay, Nigerians.

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The burial Poster for the burial of Dr. Chike Akunyili has been released by his family.

He will be buried in his country home, Agulu in Anambra State, on Thursday 25th November, 2021.

Dr Chike Akunyili, husband of former NAFDAC boss, Late Professor Dora Akunyili, was killed by unknown gunmen in Nkpor, Anambra state on Tuesday, 28th September, 2021.

Obituary: Dr. Chike Akunyili's Burial Poster (Photos)

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Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has assented to and signed the bill to prohibit and abolish open and nomadic Cattle and other livestock grazing and rearing in Anambra State, establish Cattle and other livestock Ranches in the state and to provide for related matters.

The signing ceremony was performed today, Friday, 22nd October, 2021 at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

Obiano Signs Anambra Anti-open Grazing Bill Into Law

Performing the function, Governor Obiano who appreciated the state house of Assembly for expeditious passage, said that the establishment of the law will hopefully enable entrenchment of peace, though they have been managing crisis for a very long time which were only short term measures, stressing that the law enforcement agents have been directed to implement it.

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Present at the brief ceremony were the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Uju Nworgu, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu, Commissioner for Police, Mr. Echeng Echeng, Commissioner for Agriculture, Chief Nnamdi Onkwuba, Chairman of South East Council of Traditional Rulers, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Traditional Ruler of Okpuno, Igwe Sunday Okafor, Traditional Ruler of Mbaukwu, Igwe Peter Anugwu, Member representing Awka North at the State House of Assembly, House Committee Chairman on Agriculture, Chief John Nwokoye, Members of the Hausa Community in the state, among others.

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The Lekki Estates Residents and Stakeholders Association (LERSA) has donated an office block to Ajiwe Police Station, Ajah, Lagos, to support policing of the area.

LERSA President, Chief James Emadoye, while inspecting the building on Wednesday preparatory to its inauguration and handing over to the Nigeria Police Force, said the project was 95 per cent completed.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that many police stations and business premises and property were destroyed during the EndSARS protests exactly a year ago.

According to Emadoye, the building, which awaits painting and completion of the restrooms, will be delivered to the Inspector General of Police through the Lagos State Commissioner of Police.

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He said the association had intervened in several ways to bring succour to security operatives including the donation of canopies, generator, chairs and various humanitarian materials after the #EndSARS destruction.

EndSARS: Lekki residents donate office block to police station

“Members of the association recall the wanton destruction that followed the unfortunate incidence of the protests last year.

“The association almost completed the development of a block of office to accommodate the police, while waiting for government’s full construction of the police station, which was totally destroyed last year.

“The Exco of LERSA approved and released the sum of N8.5 million for the project, which was donated financially and materially by the members.

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“You will recall also that the association has, between Oct. 20, 2020 and today, donated two vehicles to the Nigerian

Police to assist them in the discharge of their duties.

“As at today, we would like to thank God that this project is 95 per cent completed,” he said.

Emadoye noted that the association was committed to continually intervene in all manners, as a responsible organisation with programmes that would affect the lives of citizens in Lekki area.

He commended Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led government over the maintenance of the roads and for the progress made in the construction of the Lekki Regional Road.

“We trust that the government would fulfill its promises by starting the coastal road before the end of its term in office.

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“On this anniversary of the EndSARS campaign, we at LERSA pray for a better Lagos devoid of destruction.

“A Lagos of peace and tranquility and a true mega city, which will be home to all and a greater Lekki Peninsula, which shall be the destination for living, tourism and businesses in Nigeria.”

CSP Tajudeen Mustapha, Divisional Police Officer on hand at the project inspection, commended the association’s assistance to the Nigeria Police Force.

He noted that the building would be used and continuously maintained to the very high standard that the association had provided.

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