Peter Obi slams FG over security failure in Anambra State

Peter Obi slams FG over security failure in Anambra State

Peter Obi, the former vice-presidential candidate, has stated that the federal government “should not talk about” emergency rule in Anambra state.

The former Anambra Governor made this call on Monday, October 11, during a chat with Arise TV; while noting that the security failure in Anambra is the fault of the federal government, which is “in charge of security”.

On October 6, Abubakar Malami, attorney-general of the federation (AGF) and minister of justice, had said the declaration of a state of emergency “cannot be ruled out” in Anambra; to ensure that the November 6 governorship election in the state takes place.

However, Peter Obi said, “People in government, when they make statements; should always, first of all, evaluate and think about the implications of their statement to the overall wellbeing of the country.

“People don’t know that the greatest contributors to GDP growth are intangible assets; which is security, law and order; and even the behaviour and statement of the leaders.

“The statement of leaders can actually hurt the place. So leaders must always ensure that their words have always gone through scrutiny.

“That statement from the attorney general shouldn’t be. More so, he’s the attorney general of the federation, not of the federal government or APC.

“The federal government should not talk about a state of emergency. Failure of security in Anambra state is their failure because they are in charge of security. Unless they are saying, they’re going to declare a state of emergency on the country.”

Meanwhile, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to devalue the naira to reflect the reality of the market.

Osinbajo made this call on Monday, October 11; during the midterm retreat of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure.

According to the vice-president, the exchange rate is artificially low; and this is deterring investors from bringing foreign exchange into the country.

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“As for the exchange rate, I think we need to move our rates to [be] as reflective of the market as possible. This, in my own respective view, is the only way to improve supply,” Osinbajo said.

“We can’t get new dollars into the system, where the exchange rate is artificially low. And everyone knows by how much our reserves can grow. I’m convinced that the demand management strategy currently being adopted by the CBN needs a rethink; and that is just my view.”

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