TEMITOPE OGUNBANKE May 17, 2013
Former Minister of Petroleum, Prof. Tam David-West, yesterday faulted the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, saying that the declaration is a self-indictment on President Goodluck Jonathan that the Federal Government has failed in its task of providing security for the affected areas.
David-West, who said the President could have equally deployed the same number of troops or more to the affected states without declaring emergency rule, expressed doubt about the efficacy of the measure in containing the activities of the sect.
Speaking to journalists in Lagos yesterday after receiving a Symbol of Integrity Award bestowed on him by the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, for his contribution to the fight against corruption in the country, the former minister urged Nigerians to force corrupt officials out of office by naming, nailing and shaming corruption in the country.
Apart from David-West, other recipients of the CACOL award in different categories were the late human rights activist and constitutional lawyer, Chief Gani Fawehinmi; former governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; Assistant Political Editor of The Sun newspaper, Mr. Bamidele Rasak and a Police Officer, Corporal Azeez Arogundade.
David-West said President Jonathan can send military troop to the state where Boko Haram insurgency is rampant without declaring state of emergency in those states.
His words: “By declaring a state of emergency, you are saying that you have failed. It is selfindictment. Would that solve it? I doubt it.”