Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, has backed Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami in his threat to declare a state of emergency in Anambra state in response to recent attacks.
On Wednesday, October 6, Malami told journalists that declaring a state of emergency would ensure that the state’s governorship election would take place on November 6.
Lai Mohammed has now backed Malami, claiming that it will help the state avoid a “constitutional crisis.”
Mohammed told reporters,
“In the last couple of weeks, IPOB had imposed sit-at-home on the citizens. They did not allow people to go to schools, markets and there are also high profile killings.
“The AGF said yesterday that the government will do whatever it takes to restore law and order in Anambra and the entire south-east to ensure that symbols and pillars of democracy are not tampered with.
“The forthcoming election in the state is one of the pillars of democracy. Those who are criticising the AGF on this, have they thought for one minute what will happen if the election does not take place in Anambra state on November 6?
“They should bear in mind that under our constitution, a governor cannot spend an extra day beyond the mandate of four years. What will happen will be a constitutional crisis of immense proportion.”
Mohammed also explained why a state of emergency could not be declared in the Northern states. Bandits, he claims, do not want to leave Nigeria, and questioning the decision is akin to comparing apples to oranges.
“You do not compare apples with oranges. The bandits in Katsina do not want to leave Nigeria.
“They do not want to declare their own republic and they are not saying there will be no elections. They are primarily criminals.
“It is a disingenuous argument to say that they have killed more people in Katsina, Zamfara and Kaduna than they killed in Anambra.”