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Published On: Thu, Apr 24th, 2014

State of emergency worsens situation in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe – Nyako

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From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos

As criticism between President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa state continues, the governor yesterday said the state of emergency declared in the state of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe had worsen insurgency in the areas.

The governor, who spoke on the Hausa service of the BBC monitored in Jos yesterday, said the emergency rule declared in the said states was expected to have overcomed the ongoing insurgency instead it made situation in the states more difficult.

He said,” Before the declaration of emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe the situation was a bit okay, but as emergency rule was imposed, the whole situation changed and became worse.”

Nyako maintained that there was nothing called “Boko Haram”, because there was never a time a perpetrator of the so-called Boko Haram comes from Adamawa. So I do not believe in that. Members of Boko Haram are from somewhere and not the state.”

He however explained that having seen and understood the situation in the state, the president is supposed to have helped with funds to rebuild the state but rather, he sent soldiers to be killing innocent people.

“Realizing that we are currently in a difficult situation, the president is supposed to be helping us with something that would assist us to rebuild some of the areas destroyed in the state and not to be deploying soldiers who would kill innocent people.

Nyako and Jonathan have recently engaged in serious criticism and counter-criticism on the issue of insurgency in north-eastern Nigeria which has been bedeviling the region for the past five years.


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