Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, on Thursday lashed at the elders of the state over their nonchalant attitude to events that concerned the state and called on them to borrow a leaf from their counterparts in Borno and Yobe states who recently called on the federal government not to extend emergency rule after it elapses in their states.
The governor made the remark in a statement signed by his director of press and public affairs, Malam Ahmad Sajo.
?Recently, respected and responsibl elders from Borno and Yobe states came together to address the press in Abuja on the security challenges in the North-East.
?They called on the federal government not to extend the one-year old state of emergency in their two states. They raised pertinent questions relating to command and control of security forces under emergency rule in their two
states. It was indeed a most patriotic move by a group of elders who by all standards deserve the accolades,? the statement said.
Nyako hailed the elders of the two states for standing up for their people at the most critical time saying that in order to achieve the mission, the elders jettisoned political and other differences to ensure the liberation of their states.
He added that the demands of the elders was similar to the demands Adamawa State government have been making since the emergency rule in the state was imposed.
?As for the questions they raised, well, these are pertinent and germane to the.arguments we have always advanced since the unjust imposition of a state of emergency in Adamawa State.
?In very tangible terms, not just fables and innuendos, what are the gains of emergency rule in the affected states?
How come more people were killed during emergency rule than a similar period before the emergency rule? Why is the process looking very unending?? Nyako queried.
Nyako noted that it amounts to a deliberate repression of the people for the emergency rule to be allowed to continue for more than a year saying ?When a state or a group of states are made to operate under emergency rule for more than a year, then the purpose is no longer just to restore law and order but to subjugate the people and use the emergency rule for some political gains.?

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