The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Thursday, mentioned there are exterior middlemen inflicting violence in Anambra and different states within the South-East.
The group, then, slammed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), over his assertion that the Nigerian Government may declare a State of Emergency in Anambra to ensure that the November 6 governorship election will maintain within the state.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said this in an unique interview with The Punch.
He described Malami’s pronouncement as unlucky and suspicious, including that Igbo individuals as a complete reject the intention to foist emergency rule on the individuals and put aside the democratic authorities.
According to Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution, a state of emergency is a scenario of nationwide hazard or catastrophe during which a authorities suspends regular constitutional procedures so as to regain management.
A declared state of emergency permits the President to instantly make any desired laws to safe public order and security.
The insecurity in Anambra State worsened a number of weeks in the past with a killing of politicians from the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) at marketing campaign rallies.
This was adopted by assaults on public services and the grotesque homicide of Dr Chike Akunyili, which some individuals have blamed on the Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Some individuals have expressed perception that every one of those are a build-up to stop the November 6 governorship election within the state from holding.
On Wednesday, the AGF informed State House correspondents that the federal government had the accountability to maintain the democratic order and would do the needful to make sure that the election holds.
He mentioned, “No possibility is ruled out 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.”
Reacting in a phone chat with the Punch on Thursday, the apex Igbo group mentioned, “Ohanaeze already suspected external middlemen on what is happening in the South-East and the laziness in which the Attorney General talked about a State of Emergency in Anambra is suspect.
“The government has not contained the insecurity in the state and now it is contemplating a State of Emergency.
“We have had lots of killings in Borno, Yobe, Katsina, even Benue but some deaths we can count on our fingers, the government is contemplating imposing a State of Emergency in Anambra. It is unacceptable. We reject it. It is unfortunate that the Attorney General is thinking that way.”