The Federal Government, yesterday, threatened to invoke a state of emergency in Anambra State to ensure the sanctity of the November 6 governorship election.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, made this threat in an interview he granted State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the presidential villa, Abuja.
“When our national security is attacked, and the sanctity of our constitutionally guaranteed democracy is threatened, no possibility is ruled out. As a government, we have a responsibility to ensure the sustenance of our democratic order, we have a responsibility to provide security to life and properties. So, within the context of these constitutional obligations of the government or the desire to establish democratic norms and order, there is no possibility that is out ruled.
“And you cannot rule out possibilities, inclusive of possibility of declaration of state of emergency where it is established that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order. So, our position as a government is that this elections are going to hold. And necessary security in terms of democratic order must certainly prevail for the purpose of this election,” Malami said.
Anambra has been a killing field in recent time with Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, believed to be perpetrators following the threat by the secessionist group that the forthcoming governorship election in the state would not hold in protest of its demand for the secession of Southeast from Nigeria.