Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has said that any move to extend the current emergency rule in the state is akin to declaring war on the people of the state.
The governor who spoke through his Director of Press and Public Affairs ,Ahmed Sajoh said from the onset, the emergency rule was conjured in bad faith as the security indices prevailing in the pre emergency rule days did not warrant its imposition on the state.
“It was wrong ab-initio for the emergency rule to be imposed on the state in consideration of the prevailing circumstances”.
He added that the people who have an axe to grind with Governor Nyako should have the courage to openly attack the governor as it is wrong to extend the aggression to the innocent people of the state.
“Those that are fighting Nyako should have the courage to fight him alone but should not drag innocent people of Adamawa into another round of hardship by extending the emergency rule in the state”.
Sajoh added that it is an affront on the people of the state for the Federal government to contemplate extending the emergency rule in the state as the previous one imposed on the state was misplaced.
“It is an affront for the Federal Government to contemplate extending the emergency rule on the state as the one earlier imposed was not justified.
“We call on the National Assembly to do all they can to protect the innocent people of Adamawa from the wrath of power mongers who want to punish the whole people of Adamawa in order to get at Nyako.
“If the Federal Government has an issue with Nyako, it does not mean that the whole people should be collectively punished,” he added.
He added that if the proximity of the state to Borno and Yobe states are the factors justifying the extension of the emergency rule, then other States like Bauchi, and Jigawa should also be included.
Meanwhile, a cross section of residents of the state says any move to extend the emergency rule in the state will be seen in the realm of punishment as the state is currently experiencing peace and tranquility.
President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the National Assembly to approve another six months of emergency rule in three north east states worst hit by Boko Haram violence.
In separate letters to the Senate and the House of Representatives, the president asked the lawmakers to review the period of the emergency as the first six months he declared in May, ends November.
Mr. Jonathan said security forces have recorded considerable gains within the first six months and that he believed normalcy will fully return to crisis-ridden areas in the next six months.
“As a result of the laudable effort of our armed forces, we have achieved considerable gains,” the president said.
The fresh tenure, if approved by the National Assembly, will take effect from November 12, he said.