National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan chose the option of extending emergency rule to Adamawa state because of its proximity to southern Borno.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja yesterday, Bamanga said, “Both the southern Borno and the northern Adamawa share close affinity in social lives, ethnic, religion, commerce and trade, such that the government needed to create a corridor and a buffer zone for engaging the terrorists in the two axis”.
He also explained that although Borno, Yobe and Adamawa would principally feel the heat of the State of Emergency, all the states in the country must begin to guard their borders as a proactive measure for limiting the scope and space for the operations of terrorists.
“Before now, I have been campaigning against terrorism which I described as evil,” he said. “I said the fight against the evil must involve everyone and not security personnel alone.
“If our security men are fighting terrorists in Yobe, the neighbouring states should not fold arms. We all need to be more vigilant and active such that if terrorists escape from one state, they would have no breathing space in any area they may decide to invade with the aim of re-grouping.”
He added that President Jonathan took the last option of declaring a State of Emergency because the terrorist were becoming more daring and ruthless.
“They were even planning to declare a state of their own and these happened because many of us believed that the menace of terrorism has been a problem for the north alone.”