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Do Not Impose State of Emergency on Rivers State – Yakasai Warns Buhari

by on March 26, 2016
 
Elder statesman, Al­haji Tanko Yaka­sai has expressed concern over the recent rerun election in Rivers State, saying if nothing is done fast, it will plunge the country into politi­cal crisis, just like it hap­pened in the western re­gion in 1965.
Yakasai who spoke in Kano yesterday called on the Federal Government to intervene so as to stop the spate of killings and political unrest in the oil producing state.
He also warned against imposition of emergency rule in Rivers state for whatsoever reason, urg­ing the presidency to stop the use of security agencies by individuals to impose their will on the masses during elec­tions.
According to him, way back in 1965, “it was a similar trend in the West that people in power at the centre at that time tried to use the power of incumbency to deny the Action Group victory in the West that gradually transcended into killing and mayhem by political opponents. They resorted to killing one another by pouring acid on their po­litical opponents in order to kill or disfigure them.”
He also traced the 1966 coup to the political cri­ses in the West at that time and warned against a replay of such occur­rence, pointing out that, “1966 coup was a single act that destroyed po­litical stability of Nigeria and sowed the seed of successive political crises which denied the nation the ability to match for­ward.”
He recalled that after the 2015 general elec­tion in which the Peo­ples Democratic Party (PDP) lost power at the centre and gained con­trol of some states in the South-South and South-East, some PDP leaders alleged plot by the All Progressive Congress (APC)-controlled federal government to seize con­trol of the areas where PDP managed to win.

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