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Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State has congratulated the government and people of Yobe State for the successful conduct of the local government elections in the state last Saturday.
The congratulatory message was contained in a statement signed by the governor’s Director of Press and Public affair, Ahmed Sajoh, which was also made available to journalists yesterday in Yola.
Nyako revealed that the massive turn-out of voters and the peaceful manner the poll was conducted has proved sceptics about the possibility of conducting 2015 elections in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States totally wrong.
He enjoined the governor of Yobe State in calling on the political exiles in Abuja to stop misleading the Presidency, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies about the real situation in the states.
'They are advised to see reason and stop fighting the people of our states in the name politics (advancing their political interests). Like Governor Ibrahim Geidam has said: ‘we are the ones on ground and we are the only ones capable of correctly interpreting the socio-political and security situations in our states'.
“Furthermore, the successful conduct of the local government elections in Yobe State has proved beyond any doubt that those flying the kite about non-conduct of elections in our states in 2015 are just playing out an evil agenda aimed at disenfranchising us due to the fear of the possibility of losing any free and fair election in the three states in the 2015.
“They should also know that the consequences of not conducting elections in the three states are grave for democracy and the polity,” Nyako said.
He also observed with concern the remarks made by the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, on the security situation in the North-east region and the N2 billion proposed intervention fund by the federal government on the region.
The governor observed that throughout the duration of the phone-in programme by Maku on FRCN Network on December 28, he only spoke about security concerns and gains achieved in Borno and Yobe States.
Nyako said the Minister skipped Adamawa State during the discussions.
“This is further proof that the state of emergency imposed on Adamawa State is needless and indeed politically motivated.
'We in Adamawa State further reiterate our stand that the N2 billion intervention fund proposed for the six states of the North-east region by the presidency is grossly inadequate and insensitive. It is unfair and unjust in view of the amount spent as intervention in other regions in the country with far less devastating security challenges,” Nyako said.
The governor therefore joined other patriotic Nigerians to advise the presidency to display greater capacity to see Nigeria as one country with all the citizens having equal rights.
We Can’t Guarantee Your Safety at Vigil, Army Warns Adamawa Christians
The 23 Brigade of Nigerian Army in Yola, Adamawa State has advised the Christian community in the state to round off their end of year church services by 10p.m tomorrow as its members cannot guarantee their safety after that time.
According to an online news medium, Greenbarge Reporters, the Brigade's Public Relations Officer, Ja'aafaru Nuhu, in a statement today insisted that Christians going for end-of-year worship must observe the existing 11p.m. to 5a.m. curfew which is still in force in the state.
“The Headquarters of 23 Brigade wishes to bring to the notice of the general populace of Adamawa State that the imposition of curfew from 11p.m. to 5a.m. daily is still in force. While we all know the importance of night prayers, especially at the last day of the year, we need to consider the best interest of the general public," he said.
Nuhu pledged the commitment of security agencies in the state to the safety of life and property and urged the public to sustain its support and cooperation towards the goal.
The curfew has been in force in the state since the declaration of a state of emergency in May this year.