Peter Obi, former Anambra governor, has blamed the federal government over rising insecurity in the state.
Mr Obi heaped the blame on Monday while featuring on Arise TV where he reacted to the recent threat to impose emergency rule in the Igbo predominant state.
Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami had cited rising killings Governor Willie Obiano said was politically motivated to threaten that the Buhari regime was out to ensure the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state takes place hence it might adopt the option.
Mr Obiano had rebuked the AGF after hastily meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari adding that the Nigerian leader was averse to emergency rule which Information Minister Lai Mohammed also expressed support for.
The threat was also rejected by stakeholders in the state who asked the federal government to impose emergency rule in bandits-ravaged states in the North before thinking of doing so in theirs.
Reacting to the development, the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) berated Mr Malami who doubles as Justice Minister, saying he ought to checkmate his utterances as a leader.
“People in government, when they make statements, should always, first of all, evaluate and think about the implications of their statement to the overall wellbeing of the country,” Obi cautioned. “People don’t know that the greatest contributors to GDP growth are intangible assets, which is security, law and order, and even the behaviour and statement of the leaders.
“The statement of leaders can actually hurt the place. So leaders must always ensure that their words have always gone through scrutiny.
“That statement from the attorney general shouldn’t be. More so, he’s the attorney general of the federation, not of the federal government or APC.
“The federal government should not talk about a state of emergency. Failure of security in Anambra state is their failure because they are in charge of security. Unless they are saying, they’re going to declare a state of emergency on the country,” the former governor added.