Taraba-based  pro democracy organisation, Good Governance  Group (GGG), is alleging that the All Progressive Congress- led federal  government  is planning to slam a state of  emergency on Taraba state. In a statement signed by the group’s PRO, Ahmadu Sale,  the group said a reliable source within the military hinted them of the plans which is  in its advanced stage.

Sale said,  “ever since Senator Yusuf A Yusuf made a call for an emergency  rule in Taraba state,  he and his cohorts in the APC have been busy. As we write this,  plans have reached  an advanced  stage to slam our dear state with an emergency  rule. Senator  Yusuf  made that call and now it is being seriously  followed  up.  In fact,  it has been finalized  already  by some top politicians and retired/serving  generals who are Fulani by tribe. Even Senator  Aisha  Alhassan Jummai,  minister  of women  affairs, condemned  the call recently in her press briefing  where she said an emergency  rule would bring untold hardship  to the people.  But, inspire of her calls, and she is of the opposition  too, surreptitious  move had continued.  Now they have finished  the plans.

That’s why  Miyetti Allah boycott the Public  Hearing on the anti grazing  bill yesterday. They are now waiting  for a state of emergency since they have been assured of this. This is also why a certain lawyer,  Yusuf Dankofa,  a professor  of law,  has given the FG a seven day ultimatum. But they won’t  succeed.  You can’t  impose a state of emergency  on a peaceful  state.  This is not the first  time there has been  crisis on the Mambilla or anywhere  else for that matter. You don’t  go about slamming  states of emergency anywhere  there is a flare in relationships. In any case, the Sarduana crisis are not new and they are  unrelated  to the current  issues of a bill that has not become law yet.  We are using  this medium  to appeal to  all people  of goodwill to save our  state from this invasion.  We knew that minister of interior, General Abdulrahman Dambazau visit to Taraba state  was an ill wind and a harbinger.

That’s how his visit many years ago  led  to a state of  emergency  in Plateau State.  Now they want to do the same here. We have it on good authority  that the plans have gone more than half way. They want to take Taraba by force and by all means necessary. Their plan is to embarrass  General TY Danjuma (rtd). This is the same General Danjuma that supported the emergence of APC as the ruling  party today.

This is how APC wants to reward him? But look at this: with all the horrible crisis in Borno state,  they didn’t  slam a state of emergency  there.  With all that is going  on in Kaduna state,  especially  Southern  Kaduna,  no one has said  anything  about  emergency  rule.  When Fulani were killing people  in southern  Taraba,  there were no words on emergency rule.  But now that Fulani  are claiming  to be at the receiving  end of an unfortunate  crisis on the Mambilla,  we are suddenly  hearing  of emergency  rules. The governor of Taraba state has asked this question  and we shall repeat it here: are Fulani lives the only  lives that matter to the federal  government? Why is the response  stamina  of the federal  government  not uniform  in all crisis? How come they were so swift in rushing  to the Mambilla but stayed away when Fulani were killing people in Takum,  Issac,  Bali,  Gassol and everywhere  else? We shall continue  to resist  all attempt  to truncate  democracy in Taraba. We shall not allow the mandate of Governor Darius Ishaku be stolen through  the backdoor.”


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