Residents of Adamawa State expressed surprise over the declaration of the state of emergency in their state.
Across section of residents, who spoke to in Yola, wondered why Adamawa was included in the emergency arrangement.
Adamawa has witnessed its own fair share of killings by the Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal groups, but at a seemingly lower scale than Borno and Yobe. The residents, however, expressed their “total support” and urged for calm to enable the programme succeed in achieving the desired goal for peace and security of the state.
Ahmad Sajoh, a public commentator, urged the people to accept the development in good faith, adding that the president might have taken the action based on the proximity of Adamawa to Borno and Yobe. He said that given the nature of the crises in Borno, particularly Bama Town close to Adamawa, there is possibility that whenever the clamp down start on the insurgents in Borno, they would relocate to Adamawa.
Mr. Sajoh also urged the security personnel to be deployed to Adamawa, to observe the rules guarding their engagement for them to “enjoy the full support of the people.” “I also want to advice against imposition of strenuous curfew that will cripple economic activities in the state,” Mr. Sajoh said.
Also commenting, a journalist, Abdullahi Nosweat, urged the security personnel to respect the constituted authorities in discharging their duty. He said that by adhering to the rule of their duty, the people would see them as “protectors and not aggressors”.
Mr. Nosweat said: “What we have in Adamawa is just a pocket of problems when compared to other states that escaped the emergency rule. All the same, we should see the wisdom in the president’s action and support the measure taken.”
Umaru Dantakarda and James Ibrahim, both politicians, simply called for prayers for “God’s guidance” in bringing peace in the state in particular and the country in general.