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Boko Haram: ACN opposes imposition of state of emergency

…asks President to quit if…

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to shelve the plan, if he has any, to impose a state of emergency on some of the northern states worst hit by the Boko Haram crisis, saying any such move can only be aimed at giving an undue advantage to the PDP instead of helping to end the crisis.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said if the imposition of emergency rule on the most affected states is the onlyviable option left for President Jonathan to tackle the crisis, then he should step down.

It said the crisis has dragged on for so long because of the failure of the JonathanbAdministration to appropriately diagnose the problem in the first instance, coupled with an exhibition of lethargy and an appalling lack of creativity in devising measures to end it.

”Perhaps President Jonathan should emulate late US President Harry
Truman by putting a sign on his desk at Aso Rock that reads ‘The buck stops here’ to remind him that he bears the ultimate responsibility for the security situation in the country today, instead of any attempt to blame some state governors in the affected states.

”Imposing a state of emergency on the states that have beenmentioned, like Borno, Yobe and Nasarawa States will amount to shifting responsibility and unduly victimizing the Governors of those states, who have done perhaps more than the President, in dealing with the crisis, even though they are not in charge of any security apparatus.

”It is important to state here that the President virtually abandoned  the states as they reeled under the effects of the Boko Haram onslaught. For about two years after assuming office, he refused to visit the states until the APC Governors blazed the trail and left him with no option but to follow suit.


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