But his opposition to the extension is a little too late as the National Assembly has approved the president’s request.
Gov. Nyako, who was speaking to reporters in Yola, the state capital yesterday through his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Ahmad Sajo, said the situation in Adamawa does not warrant any extension of the emergency rule.
The governor in rejecting the argument for the extension of the state of emergency that insurgents escaping from Borno and Yobe could easily move to Adamawa asked why emergency rule was not declared in Gombe and Bauchi states which also share borders with Borno and Yobe.
“Our position is that the presidency and the National Assembly must consider the interest of the people of Adamawa and end the emergency rule. The people should be rewarded for peaceful conduct during the last six months. The National Assembly should make proper investigation based on the true situation on ground before taking any decision, both the president and the law makers should be mindful of the fact that they have taken oath of office to serve the people”, he said.
However, the Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, Ahmad Fintiri was cautious in his remarks, saying generally people of the state were satisfied with the level of security in Adamawa and are opposed to extension of the emergency rule.
He added, “But as representative of Madagali constituency, I don’t mind the extension because Madagali is on the border with Borno. Sambisa forest where the things are happening extends to Madagali, so these insurgents may take their activities further especially during the dry season”.
Fintiri also cautioned against using the extension as a tool for political manipulation.
The rationale behind the decision to extend the emergency rule in the state was also questioned by the Galadima of Adamawa and retired Grand Khadi, Alhaji Aliyu Raji, who argued that the attacks in Adamawa were carried out by bandits and not insurgents as earlier feared.
He added that politics played a major role in the inclusion of Adamawa in the initial declaration of emergency rule as nothing warranted such action by the federal government.
“The attacks here were carried out by bandits and we solved the problem that is why six months after the State of emergency, attacks did not stop in Borno and Yobe. Why are there no attacks in Adamawa today? Politics played a factor in the declaration, yet we advised our people to cooperate with the federal government during the period. If they expect insurgents from Borno, it is the duty of the security agencies to protect the borders,” he stated.