By Ben Agande, Abuja.
The Federal government yesterday debunked reports that the federal government plans to dissolve the democratic structure in Borno state and appoint a military administrator to over see the affairs of the state.
There were media reports that due to the heightened insurgency in the Borno state, the federal government plans to hand over the administration of the state to the military in order to have a full grasp of the situation.
But in an interview with Vanguard, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati said those promoting this theory were mischief makers.
“There is no truth in that. There is a state of emergency in Borno state already which was approved by the National assembly. The state of emergency is recording success. Is it the National Assembly that will appoint a military administrator? How will that be captured in the constitution? This government believes in the rule of law and will not do anything that will undermine the rule of law” he said.
He added: “it (the said report) is preposterous; it does not make any sense. This is one of the states that government had declared a state of emergency twice, and in the two occasions, it did not remove the governors of the affected states.
“No where does the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria recommend military rule over civilian rule in a democratic setting like Nigeria. And this is a government that has consistently placed emphasis on strict adherence to the rule of law.
“If there is need to extend the state of emergency in the states that are currently observing it, government would do so and not to remove a democratically elected governor. To suggest that the federal government is trying to impose a military government in a democratic dispensation is far-fetched. Let it not be another mischievous attempt in the media to project government in bad light”, Abati added.