The Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI) has said that the recent attack against the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, over his comment that every option is open on the table, including declaring state of emergency in Anambra is a misdirection of anger.
Executive Secretary of the organisation, Chief Dennis Aghanya, said on Thursday in Abuja that rather, the IPOB who are openly conversing that there will be no election in Anambra State and the subsequent killings and destruction of properties should be held responsible if the emergency rule is declared.
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He also said that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, who chose to stay away from a crucial meeting of the governors from the zone to proffer solution to the insecurity in the zone should also be held responsible for his inaction.
“Making comparisons with other states of the North East and North West, even Imo and Ebonyi is not necessary at this point. Essence of the propose emergency rule is to enable INEC conduct the forthcoming Anambra election.
“Agreed that much carnage is taking place in the above-mentioned regions and states, but the issue of conducting election in Anambra next month is a constitutional matter which must be addressed urgently. No sane government will fold its hands and watch a constitutional breakdown,” Aghanya said.
He also said that youths and their diaspora counterparts who champions the violence should know that there are consequences for every irrational act.
He said that declaring a state of emergency in a state due for election is one of such consequences for such.
“Killings of your people and destruction of your own properties all in the name of agitation is so nonsensical and very unimaginable of a tribe like the Igbos. Malami has stated the obvious and there is no alternative to it,” he said.