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State of emergency: Don't remove Borno, Yobe Adamawa govs ' NUJ, RMG

Published by Daily Trust on Wed, 23 Apr 2014


The Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Rights Monitoring Group (RMG) has urged the federal government to avoid heeding the call for the removal of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states governors over the rising insurgency in their states and the seeming failure of the emergency rule.NUJ National President, Mallam Mohammed Garba, in company of other officials of the union told reporters today in Abuja that removing the governors would not solve the problem and would be counter-productive.National Coordinator of RMG, Comrade Olufemi Aduwo, told Daily Trust in an interview that the President should not agree to remove the governors as such moves can truncate the present democratic dispensation.'We are worried that rather than working together to solve the insecurity challenge facing the country, the federal government and the state governors under the emergency rule and those affected in one way or the other by the insurgency seems to be working in discordant tunes. The sharp differences between them is making evolving better strategy difficult and does not augur well for efforts at solving the problems. The differences are uncalled for.'The federal government should not heed the call of those calling for the dissolution of political offices in the states under the emergency rule that would be counter-productive as security is a collective responsibility. Whatever strategy would be evolved tomorrow at the expanded security meeting, it should be pro-active and the governors should be duly informed and involved. Everyone knows they (governors) have been trying their best, they should rather be assisted to get the things worked out,' Garba said.On the Nyaya bomb blast, the NUJ boss urged all journalists to assist those injured by going to the hospitals and other designated centres to donate blood and to also assist the families of those who died in the blast, saying NUJ will also make monetary donations.Garba also frowned at the altercation between the President and some state governors over the insecurity and 2015 elections.He said: 'The INEC said the ban on political activities is subsisting, yet the languages of politicians are very disturbing. It is disturbing that our politicians are yet to be matured by their utterances. A situation where a governor addressed Mr. President in bad language and the President through his aides rely the governor in similar bad language is worrisome. The ban has not been lifted, yet politicians are already using bad and derogatory languages on themselves, what would now happen if the ban is lifted''Aduwo on his part urged the President to look beyond satisfying those calling for the removal of the governors, saying, 'Such move is dangerous, counter-productive and capable of truncating the present democracy. The President should heed the call of those urging him not to play politics with and play into the hands of those who are rather thinking of their selfish interest at the expanse of collective national interest.
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