The Federal Government on Wednesday, October 6 threatened to declare a State of Emergency in Anambra due to recent killings and the insecurity situation in the state. This was made known by the AGF of the federation – Abubakar Malami, after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting in Abuja.
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The minister said that the Federal government was determined to ensure a hitch-free free and fair election in Anambra, irrespective of the recent security threats and the wave of attacks and killings in the state and on the entire southeast.
In the words of Malami;
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“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. As a government, we have a responsibility to provide security to life and properties.
“So, what I’m saying in essence, no possibility is out ruled by government in terms of ensuring the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of ensuring that our elections in Anambra hold.
“And you cannot rule out the possibility of declaration of state of emergency where it is established, in essence, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of security of lives, properties and democratic order.”
The minister said that the Federal Government had resolved that the election will take place amidst all threats on politicians and civilians in the state, and added that there will be adequate security for the voting exercise.