Elder Statesman and former federal commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in the North-east states of Adamawa, Borno, Yobe.
Clark, while lamenting the recent kidnap of schoolgirls in Dapchi, said only a state of emergency will enable the military clear out the remnants of Boko Haram sects.
The South-south leader, made the call in an open letter he wrote to the Attorney General of the Federation and minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
He stressed that the war against insurgence in the North-east cannot be completely won with the civilian state government and military operating side by side.
Clark however knocked the governor of Yobe State for not focusing on making proper security arrangements for boarding schools after suffering two major attacks in schools which claimed many lives and attracted international attention four years ago.
He said “I submit that the present security situation in the country particularly, in the North East, where the insurgents are still challenging the territorial integrity of Nigeria, bombing and killing innocent citizens and the recent abduction of over 110 school girls in Dapchi, Yobe state, which has now attracted global and local attention like the case of Chibok school girls can no longer be regarded as a normal situation, even though we have been assured that the Boko Haram has been; “downgraded”, then “defeated”, then “neutralised”, then “ineffective”, then “Sambisa forest cleared” then “leaders of Boko Haram once killed” etc.
“The political dimension of the fight against the insurgents has not been adequately considered; yet this is the point of the fear in the containment fabric.
“In an emergency situation, which is total, and in which the civilian administration is completely neutralised for a period of six months, a sole administrator is more likely to take a very pragmatic military view and strategy against those tormenting his territory; and will be assimilated and fully involved in the military operation.
Above all, I recommend this drastic action because the people of those states need immediate succour, and peace, to return to normalcy that will enables them participate as integral parts of the Nigerian nation.
“It must be made clear that the war cannot be completely won with the civilian state government and military operating side by side. There is too much distractions and too much politicking, accusation and counter accusations. Is it not disgraceful and irresponsible of the state government of Yobe to pass the buck on the military for withdrawing road blocks earlier allegedly mounted by the military? Is it why he carelessly made a statement which he later apologised for?
Is that the excuse he will give to his people who have been abandoned by him and who are now physically attacked him and his convoy when he visited the community, because they have lost confidence in him?
The people of Dapchi and Yobe indigenes know fully well that it was due to dereliction of duty on the part of their governor that led to the abduction of the girls barely four years after the abduction of the Chibok school girls in April 14th, 2014.”