Vunobolki accused the Adamawa governor of being a sponsor and beneficiary of terrorist activities in the state.
A former gubernatorial candidate under the banner of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in Adamawa State, Maurice Vunobolki, has said the declaration of a State of emergency in Adamawa, and two other states, was long overdue.
Mr. Vunobolki said this to journalists in Jos, Thursday, while reacting to the emergency rule declared in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States, by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.
“The declaration of the State of Emergency in Adamawa and other states was not received with mixed reactions. It was a decision long overdue,” he said. “Cognizant attention was not paid to the unfortunate security challenge particularly in Adamawa State before now, because the governor and his cohorts in government were direct beneficiaries of the terrorist activities.”
He alleged that “huge sums of monies have hitherto been unilaterally unconstitutionally withdrawn from both State coffers and Local Government Joint Account, in the name of confronting security situation in the state but these monies end in private pockets.
“Terrorists have laid siege on Maiha, Madagali, Hong, Song, Girei, Ganye and Mayo Belwa Local Government Areas with tendencies to continue in other Local Government Areas unabated.”
The former governorship aspirant further alleged that, instead of handling the security challenges, the Adamawa State government used the security apparatus to intimidate the opposition in the state.
“With the state of emergency imposed on these states, the military will henceforth within this period, exercise their discretion to deal with any terrorists or their sponsors and it is our hope that military in those states will not be compromised,” he said.
He called on the Federal Government to empower the military in the affected states with all the needed support to put an end to the ongoing killings of innocent people.
“Enough of these mindless killings of innocent citizens, and wanton destruction of public and religious institutions in the country,” he said.
Mr. Vunobolki’s party, the ACN, had in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, condemned the State of Emergency.
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