PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has asked to suspend Governor Nasir El-Rufai and impose a state of emergency in Kaduna State in response to the relentless orgy of violence that has gripped the area of later.
Nigeria is currently in the throes of chronic insecurity by Kaduna State appears to have been hit harder than any other part of the country lately. Last month, bandits took over the Kaduna airport and then less than a week later, they derailed an Abuja bound train, robbing, killing and kidnapping passengers.
With the situation now getting totally out of hand, Reno Omokri, a political activist and former aide to President Goodluck Jonathan, said it is time for the federal government to move in. Nigeria’s constitution allows the National Assembly to declare a state of emergency in any part of the country where there is a crisis.
When such state of emergency bills are passed, the president is given the power to suspend state governors and the state house of assembly and appoint an administrator. According to Mr Omokri, President Buhari would not have thought twice about imposing a state of emergency has the recent train derailment taken place in the southeast.
Mr Omokri asked how many people were killed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (Ipob) before the current administration sent troops to the southeast. He, however, doubted President Buhari’s ability to declare a state of emergency in Kaduna State because according to him, the terrorists may expose the president and Governor El-Rufai.
“You think that if a train was bombed in southeast Nigeria, Buhari would not have overwhelmed the region with troops? Remember how troops overwhelmed Orlu in Imo last year with helicopter gunships? Why hasn’t Buhari sent them to Kaduna? Because he is protecting terrorists.
“How many people did Ipob kill before General Buhari invaded the southeast with Operation Python Dance? Who was killed before Buhari sent Operation Crocodile Smile to the south-south? Now, terrorists have turned Kaduna to a war zone and Buhari is smiling at Aso Rock.”
“Kaduna is a war zone. The best thing now is to declare a state of emergency and remove Governor E-Rufai, whose comments and actions have fuelled the crisis. However, of course, General Buhari won’t do it. Why? Because the terrorists may expose him and El-Rufai,” Mr Omokri added.