The Adamawa State Governor , Murtala Nyako has reacted to a bid for an extension of the emergency rule in the North-East by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Jonathan had yesterday written to the National Assembly requesting an extension of the emergency rule in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe due to the increased Terrorist attacks in the area.
But Nyako who governs Adamawa, a state affected by the emergency rule has opposed the idea, describing the action as ill-advised and a wrong step in quelling rising insurgency in the North-East.
The governor said there is no need for the imposition of emergency rule in the state, as it has not mitigated the level of attacks by terrorists speaking through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmed Sajoh.
He said: “We still hold our position that there was no need to declare a state of emergency in Adamawa in the first place, because the level of attacks in the state has even increased with the imposition of emergency rule.”
“As far as we are concerned, the state of emergency has not changed anything and we advise the government to adopt a new approach in tackling the insurgency rather than the business as usual tactics that do not add up.”
Governor Nyako, last month described the Presidency’s fight against rising terrorism in the north-east as genocide against the people of the region.
In the same vein, two senators from Borno State have also rejected the request of President Goodluck Jonathan to the Senate for the extension of the emergency rule imposed in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
Senator Mohammed Ndume (APC, Borno South), said the state of emergency had not served the purpose for which it was declared about one year ago.
The Senator said: “We are not in support of extending it because it has not served the purpose for which it was declared one year ago.
“The President asked for powers to enable him tackle the security challenges in the three states, but unfortunately instead of improving in the first six months, things got bad.
“After the second extension, which the President specially said he needed to finish up the war against the insurgents, again things got worse.
“More people were killed and displaced and the insurgents grew stronger.