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Published On: Wed, May 14th, 2014

Emergency rule, a ruse – CACOL

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From Ayodele Samuel, Lagos

The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has described as a ruse, the emergency rule in some states of the northern part of Nigeria.

This came on the heels of the extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

Reacting to the extension, the Coalition through its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, described it as a ploy by the federal government to have unfettered access to the allocations of the affected states stating that the rule has not been effective.

He said, “From all indications, the security that the FG claims it provides has not been working; otherwise, all the strikes in the market places, even in the military barracks and the kidnap of several hundreds of children in convoy of vehicles that is in the minimum of 12 wouldn’t have been possible.

“The surveillance that could have been put in place by the country’s satellites has also been a huge disappointment. Hence, they are just taking money that the states governments would have expended maybe more productively to protect themselves because the FG is actually making the affected states helpless by unnecessary deductions from their allocations from the Federation Account without anything to show for it”, he stated.

In the same vein, the Coalition has censured the stance of the SenatePresident, David Mark that the FG should not dialogue with the Boko Haram for the release of the abducted girls.

David Mark had in far-away Beijing, China, said that the government would never negotiate with terrorists under whatever circumstance.

Speaking, Mr. Debo Adeniran noted that it is preposterous of the Senate President to make such conclusion.

The human rights activist urged the Federal Government to swallow its pride and dialogue with the insurgents, to ensure the quick release of the girls.

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