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Boko Haram: Governors lash Clark on dismissal call

29 April 2014, 16:14

Abuja - The governors of Adamawa and Yobe States lambasted former Federal Commissioner of Information, Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, over comments urging President Goodluck Jonathan to suspend their governors from office and extend the ongoing state of emergency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States.

Admiral Murtala Nyako and Alhaji Ibrahim Gaidam, respectively, said the comments by Ijaw National leader were “unthoughtful, provocative, diversionary, totally out of sync with democratic norms and values and unfortunate.”

The governors  also had harsh words for Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio, who was also said to have taken the same position as Clark.“Their Excellences Governors Gaidam and Nyako and indeed all right thinking Nigerians consider these comments as unthoughtful,  provocative, diversionary totally out of sync with democratic norms and values and unfortunate.  The phrase ‘sole administrator’, as noted by many commentators, is a ‘constitutional aberration which cannot be found, even impliedly, in any of the 320 sections of the 1999 Constitution,” read a statement.

“Mr. Clark’s comments (and indeed Mr. Akpabio’s) therefore smack of fascism and are clearly a veiled attempt at sabotaging our nation’s democracy which should be resisted by all and sundry.”

The governors also call on Nigerians to discountenance Clark’s “unstatesmanlike “and “unfortunate” comments and to continue to support the broad based effort aimed at addressing the security challenges currently facing the country.

They reaffirmed their determination to continue to mobilize all available resources and to partner with all stakeholders to ensure the restoration of peace and security in the region and the nation in general.

Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States are worst affected by terrorism largely blamed on the Boko Haram sect.

– CAJ News

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