A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Zamfara Movement for Peace and Good Governance, has condemned the no fly zone order imposed on Zamfara State by President Muhammadu Buhari, describing it as part of the orchestrated plot aimed at declaring a state of emergency in the State.
Chairman of the group, Comd Jamilu Abdulkadir Magazu, in a statement in Gusau, the State capital, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of using the opportunity created by the recent kidnapping of school children in Zamfara State to take back the state through the back door by looking for ways to declare a state of emergency in the state and make a former member of House Of Representatives, Sani Jaji, the sole administrator.
Recall that Matawalle had, reacting to the kidnapping of school girls and the consequent no fly zone order by the president said “the decision of Mr President on the no-fly zone, I accept it and I agree with that. People don’t even know that Zamfara does not have an airport. So, the states that have airports and are encountering this kind of situation, what happens to them?.
However reacting to the development, the group stated that the APC led federal government has not declared a state of emergency in Monguno, Borno State, which it described as the hometown of the National Security Adviser (NSA), which has been occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists for the past ten years, neither did it declare a state of emergency in Katsina State when over 344 school children were abducted in Kankara, nor did it declare a state of emergency in Niger State where over three hundred students were just abducted and released.
He said “We wish to put it on record that the APC led federal government is being too economical with the truth and is politicizing the abduction of school children in the country for political gain.
He noted that “344 Kankara students were abducted in Katsina, Yobe students were abducted in Dapchi, Chibok girls in Borno State and only when it happened in Jangebe in Zamfara State that the National Security Adviser (NSA), with the connivance of Hon Sani Jaji, is plotting a state of emergency, first with this no fly zone, while in all the other states that have been grappling with insecurity for more than ten years, have never been faced with no fly zone, neither was a state of emergency declared in any of these states.
He noted that “A no-fly zone cannot be arbitrarily declared without a recourse to the National Assembly, noting that a no fly zone, also known as a no-flight zone (NFZ), or air exclusion zone (AEZ), is a territory or area established by a military power over which certain aircraft are not permitted to fly. Aircraft that violate a no-fly zone may be shot down by the enforcing state, depending on the terms of the NFZ.”
He noted that from the literary meaning of no fly zone it is obvious that the National Security Adviser is misleading the President on the no fly zone and its application, adding that Nigeria is fast becoming a laughing stock in the committee of nations.
Speaking further on the alleged plot to declare a state of emergency, Magazu stated that “Section 305 of the 1999 Constitution as amended is very clear on how and the situations during the President can declare a state of emergency.
He pointed out that the conditions within which a state of emergency could be declared have not played out in Zamfara State.