Edwin Clark, convener of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe for six months.
The former Federal Commissioner for Information said Buhari should appoint very senior military officers to handle the states within the six months.
According to Clark, “Once again I congratulate the armed forces for their brilliant job. But we will be deceiving ourselves if we continue to believe that we can defeat the Boko Haram by allowing the state government to operate side by side with the military.
“It must be remembered that accusations are being made by people who give support to the Boko Haram, but I can say with all seriousness that these supporters of Boko Haram are within the state of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, and very few from outside.
“A state of emergency will definitely create a very conducive atmosphere for the military to act on their own, particularly, a sole administrator who also must be a very senior military officer, and I can assure Mr. President that within the next six months Boko Haram will be given a final burial.”