State of Emergency: Obiano meets Buhari in Aso Rock

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The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano on Thursday met in Abuja with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa.

The development was disclosed as seen by Naija News in a Facebook post by the special adviser on media and publicity to President Buhari, Femi Adesina.

As of the time of filing this report, the Presidential aide did not disclose the agenda of the meeting.

Recall that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, says drastic action may be taken if the continued killings and violence in Anambra State does not stop.

Malami disclosed that the Federal Government may declare a state of emergency in the South-East state to ensure that the forthcoming governorship election holds.

The minister said the government has resolved that the November 6 election will take place, adding that the government is determined to ensure a hitch-free election in Anambra.

Briefing newsmen on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Malami noted that the security of lives and properties of Nigerians living in Anambra is paramount to the government.

The minister stated that a state of emergency may be declared in the state if national security is attacked, and the sanctity of the constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened.

In a quick response, the Anambra State government has submitted that the threat by the federal government to impose a state of emergency on it is politically motivated.

The state government questioned why a state of emergency will be declared in Anambra when such has not been done in other troubled states with proven cases of insecurity such as Borno, Plateau, Niger, and others.

It argued that worse things have happened in many Northern/APC-controlled states and the federal government has not deemed it fit to declare a state of emergency in such places.

the Anambra government through the state Commissioner for Information, Don Adinuba said the statement by Malami is a confirmation that the recent troubles in the state are politically motivated, likewise the planned move to declare a state of emergency.

Adinuba said the recent disturbances in the state do not warrant the declaration of a state of emergency, adding that the state government is aware of its responsibilities to the people.

He argued that until recently, the state has been one of the most peaceful in the country and despite the recent disturbances, everything remains under control.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday, November 6, 2021, for the conduct of the governorship election in Anambra State.

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