By Umar Yusuf & Providence Obuh
Yola — Mixed reactions, yesterday, greeted President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for the extension of state of emergency for another six months in Adamawa State.
Most people who spoke to Vanguard in Yola condemned the proposed extension and urged National Assembly not to grant the request.
This was even as the Middle Belt United Forum, MBUF, has asked the Federal Government not only to extend the period of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States, but to remove their governors to ensure sanity in the area.
The forum in a statement signed by its spokesman, Alhaji Abdullahi Danjuma, said the call had become necessary because of the alleged inept handling of the security situation in the affected areas by Governors Murtala Nyako, Kashim Shettima and Ibrahim Geidam.
Danjuma said: “These governors behave as if they are members of Boko Haram. Governor Nyako, a former senior military officer, is the most insensitive. President Goodluck Jonathan should summon the courage for the first time and deal decisively with the situation. This bad rubbish must end.”
However, Rev. Phineas Padio, the state Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, condemned the proposed extension, saying it was totally unnecessary, particularly in Adamawa State.
He said: ”Adamawa is okay and even the Chief of Defence Staff, not long ago, said the military had succeeded in clearing Boko Haram in the state.
”Why do they want to extend it if not for political reasons. Adamawa, in the first place, was included for political reasons.”
Lawal Habu and Idris Mai Mota, both drivers, also kicked against the extension, saying it was uncalled for with the level of security now being enjoyed in the state.
”The problem is not that serious in Adamawa to warrant a state of emergency. If you talk of the recent kidnap in Chibok, it has no link with Adamawa,” they said.
Mallam Abubakar Damare, the North-East Coordinator of Interfaith International, in his response, described the proposed extension as a welcome development.
Damare said the issue of security is something serious, adding that measures taken to tackle it, including the extension of state of emergency were welcome by the public.
”We have international community coming to assist us. USA, Britain, France and Israel are here to help us, so there is need to create the enabling environment for them to operate,” Damare added.