Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State, on Thursday, held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Obiano, who updated Buhari on security challenges facing the state, said bandits from neigbouring states are responsible for the killings and disruption of public peace in Anambra.
He described the call for the declaration of state of emergency in Anambra to address security challenges in the state as “very unfortunate’’
The meeting is coming after the Federal Government threatened to invoke emergency rule as part of measures to address security challenges and safeguard electoral processes in Anambra.
Obiano said: “Well, that’s a very unfortunate comment by the Attorney-General, Malami – very, very unfortunate.
“I also reported that to the President and this is not in the books of the president because he knows that Anambra has been the safest state in Nigeria for seven years plus.
“These invaders from outside Anambra state, from the neighbouring towns, we are going to deal with them. We’re already working, there’s nothing.
“Even to contemplate a state of emergency is unfortunate, look at what is happening in the north; they kill dozens every day. Because less than 15 people were killed in Anambra in two weeks, is that a reason for somebody to call for a state of emergency?
“That’s a very unfortunate comment by Malami. I will call him to express reservation on those kinds of comments, he shouldn’t try that,’’ he said.