Anambra as metaphor for emergency rule in the Southeast [OPINION] -GCFRNG
Like a magician in the 1970s and 1980s, Nigeria and its politics have become “America Wonder”. Just as he thought he had reached the pinnacle of strangeness, new ones are unleashed in quick succession leaving him confused.
Democracy, based on the rule of law and precedent, makes governance predictable, unlike the current administration, which is predictably unpredictable.
The Federal Government, last week, “hinted at the possibility of declaring a state of emergency in the state of Anambra to protect the electoral process and constitutional order, if the November 6 state gubernatorial elections were severely threatened.” This statement was made by the Federal Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who addressed journalists at the State House, Abuja, at the end of the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari .
To conclude, Malami said, “what I am saying in essence, the government does not rule out any possibility in terms of guaranteeing the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra are held, and possibilities of rule, including the possibility of a declaration of a state of emergency, which establishes, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to guarantee the sanctity of the security of life, property and the democratic order ”.
Of course, the most impolite cut in that statement was the shameless transfer of the blame for the insecurity to the state government by the Federal Government, which has the exclusive duty of providing security, a basic task in which it has unfortunately failed. Despite cries for restructuring from the Nigerian federation to place internal security on the concurrent legislative list to allow the state police, the federal government, even in the face of obvious incapacity, has clung to the perverted constitution that attributed the impossible to it. and undeserved. state of invincibility.
In various ways and reasons, well-meaning Nigerians, including ethnic nationality groups, have condemned the statement not only as unreasonable, but as a true self-accusation by the Buhari administration that it had lost full control of the country and, in Instead of admitting it, he’s blatantly looking for scapegoats. But there are several other reasons why the federal government should stop at this illegal venture.
However, before delving into them, let’s consider the statement credited to Governor Willie Obiano to the effect that the Attorney General likely did not have the president’s consent to make the statement.
The press reported the governor’s statement in various ways, the summary of which is that Buhari repudiated Malami.
From the circumstances of both encounters, our conclusion is that it is not yet Uhuru for Anambra. First of all, Obiano was simply and clearly expressing his personal views. He was disciplined and charitable enough as a gentleman, as we all know him to be, for not having summoned the president directly.
Rather, he alluded to the fact that the president did not discuss the issue of the state of emergency with him, even when he, who deliberately visited and sought the president’s audience on the matter, did not say that he raised it.
While the attorney general has regrettably reduced his office to that of a government spokesman on all important, mundane, and absurd issues, it is highly unlikely that he will address the world after a National Executive Council session on such a matter. important as a declaration of a state of emergency in one of the federated states of the Nigerian union.
I shudder to say that if the attorney general was just playing around, there are several council members who would have instantly denied it. Isn’t it the same government where the Attorney General recently openly disagreed with the scholarly Vice President Professor and Festus Keyamo SAN on the legal effect on the APC of the Supreme Court ruling on the Jegede and Akeredolu Electoral Petition?
If no one else, the self-proclaimed Omo Mushin, Dr. Chris Ngige, who represents Anambra in the cabinet and knows the political implications of pronouncing an emergency rule on his state, would have reacted instantly. Furthermore, the GA statement holding the governors accountable for the security of their states is in tune with the beliefs and expectations of President Buhari.
In his interview with Arise Television on June 10 earlier this year, the president had told the nation how he had told two Southwest governors who came to him about the security situation in their states that they should go back and deal with it. with her even as Amotekun’s modest efforts by said governors were condemned by the AG and the president as unconstitutional.
Contrary to the impression created by Governor Obiano, it is not in the character of the president to repudiate the boys from him. He proved it out loud when the whole world pounced on his Minister of Communications, whom he authorized a lengthy statement to defend despite incendiary statements from him that they could have been responsible for the rampant murder of many.
Malami may have embarrassed countless times of government, as they say, with his impulsive statements on issues below him and his exalted charge of him. Most of the time, he is quick to denounce actions as unconstitutional and, in many cases, threatened legal action that never were.
He said that regarding the ban on outdoor grazing which he shamefully compared to the sale of auto parts, he advised the government against the possibility of the federal government deepening the use of the land by reopening grazing routes, reserves or agricultural farms by the federal government.
On the issue of VAT, Malami has reduced his position to that of one of the governors of the northern states in a duel that has practically assumed a regional dimension. Through all of these legal and political misadventures, Buhari has stood his ground before the attorney general.
In his famous interview with the Arise, in reaction to an earlier statement in which the attorney general made fun of outdoor grazing, the president had chosen to sink with his man and asked the interviewer if he wanted him (Buhari) to contradict him. your attorney general. Such was the mistake when, as soon as Buhari took office in 2015, he was forced to unduly concern himself and the government with the activities of some disgusting children on behalf of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.
He was deluded by his ego by getting a massage that as a Nigerian civil war veteran, it was a betrayal in his ears that anyone could have the nerve to mention Biafra. He was not told that his leaders in said war, Obasanjo and Danjuma as his defense minister, led Nwazuruike, whose mantra by name was the actualization of the sovereign state of Biafra.
When Buhari accused Kanu and his IPOB colleagues of treason in 2015, the campaign was completely peaceful about the alleged marginalization of the Igbo. It was when vicious attempts were made to neutralize him in 2017 that Kanu went into hiding and left the country.
Aside from his tirade on Radio Biafra, which is not as obnoxious as those of some members of the Buhari government, no soul was lost from the hands of IPOB compared to the terrorist herdsmen who were rated as the fourth most feared terrorist organization in the world. world, but courted until today by the government.
President Buhari and his cabinet must have disappointed even his most credulous and remaining supporters by contemplating a state of emergency due to the elections.
The mere postponement of the elections for two weeks in 2015 to deal with the threat from Boko Haram, which was said to be an ineffective occupation of more than 20 local governments in the northeast, sparked attacks on Jonathan’s government by the candidate. Buhari and his APC party. Buhari had warned by saying “I wish to strongly state that our party will not tolerate further interference in the electoral process,” said the opposition leader. “The rescheduled elections of March 28 and April 11, 2015 must be sacrosanct.”
If this government pardoned deadly terrorist pastors and declared the IPOB a relatively peaceful terrorist organization; if the government looks the other way as shepherds kill, maim and rape while searching for the lives of Sunday Igboho and his boys, who are known to be mobilizers on the roads, if the situations in Zamfara, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Niger, states where governors and traditional rulers have asked the people to stand up in their own defense in clear surrender to terrorism and banditry has not crossed the mind of the government for an emergency rule, then the statement of the Attorney General of the Federal Government (not from the federation, there are 37 in the federation) should not be taken lightly, especially by people from the Southeast.
I have a hunch that it is a metaphor for some unconstitutional acts of a government embarrassed by the lowering of the national flag in the East, which has been the pastime of various mujahideen organizations in the North for several years. It’s not Uhuru yet! Nigeria, we salute you.