Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Rep to Jonathan - Dismantle Democratic Structures in Three North-East States Now

ABUJA -- DEPUTY Chairman, House Committee on Privatisation and Commercialisation, Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, has asked President Goodluck Jonathan to dismantle all democratic structures in the three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe in the North Eastern part of Nigeria where there is currently a state of emergency.

Nkem-Abonta, who spoke to House Press Corps, said the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency must be checkmated now by ensuring that the present democratic structures are dismantled .

The legislator, who represents Ukwa East/West in the House, said it would amount to duplicity of role to have a military commander and a civilian administration in place in the affected states at this critical time.

MEETING--From left: Governors Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Isa Yuguda (Bauchi) and Garba Umar, Acting Governor of Taraba, during their visit to Borno State, yesterday. Photo: Sahara Reporters.

He said the state of emergency was an abnormality and to restore normalcy you need to surrender power to one common military commander.

He said: "A situation whereby you have two captains in one ship is what we are seeing in the troubled states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno."

He explained further that "we should not fight insecurity with kid gloves. It should be a concern to everybody. If you run into a stop and search patrol team, whether you are in a hurry or not, you must stop and be searched, we must see everybody as a suspect."

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