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An Anambra State Lawmaker, Emeka Aforka, has described as undemocratic the move to impose a state of emergency in the state ahead of the coming election.

Conversing with newsmen on Friday in Awka, the state capital, the politician who is representing Orumba North constituency, said Anambra has not recorded scores of killings and criminal activities as in the northern region of the country to have deserved such declaration.

Naija News understands that Anambra gubernatorial election is scheduled to hold on November 6.

The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, (SAN) had threatened earlier that the Federal Government may impose a state of emergency on Anambra if unrest persists during the November election in the State.

Feeling uncomfortable with Malami’s comment, Aforka said such a statement is capable of throwing the country into chaos and highly unacceptable to him and the people of his constituents who are lawful people.

The politician warned highly-placed government officials to be mindful of their public declarations.

Aforka said that the declaration is not just a strong indictment of the ability of the government to handle the security challenges of the country but a proof of failure on the part of the security personnel.

He said the declaration has presented the President, Muhammadu Buhari, as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, the country’s Chief Security officer in charge of the Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as incapable.

Aforka admonished Malami to withdraw his comment which he insisted is undemocratic and unpatriotic.

According to him, the AGF statement has hugely embarrassed Nigerian citizens, especially the Anambra public before the world.

He said that the statement had confirmed the fear of some Anambra people that some politicians outside Anambra in collaboration with their local followers are behind the recent spate of killings in the State.

Aforka further described the declarations as a ploy to frighten the Anambra electorate from coming out to vote in the Nov. 6 governorship polls, thereby enabling an environment for voter apathy.

He said, “Anambra electorate knows what their political aspirations are and cannot yield to political distractions of any type.

“The declaration is unable to intimidate Anambra people from coming out to participate in the governorship election of Nov. 6, so the threat to impose an emergency rule on the state is undemocratic.

“Anambra has not recorded death above 15 persons since the new scales of violence in the state, for a state that has for the past seven years enjoyed a well-deserved reputation of being Nigeria’s safest and most peaceful state.

“Anambra has not recorded a fraction of casualties the nation has seen in places like Borno, Zamfara, Katsina, Benue, Plateau, Yobe, Niger, Adamawa, Taraba, amongst others, where terrorists have killed several thousands of civilians and attacked military formations”.

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