13 May 2014

Nigeria: Reps to Debate Jonathan's Request for Extension of Emergency Rule Wednesday

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President Goodluck Jonathan

The House of Representatives will on Wednesday debate President Goodluck Jonathan's request for extension of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, has said.

Mr. Tambuwal stated this at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja when he read the President's letter of request.

Mr. Jonathan, relying on the provisions of Section 305(6) (c) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), said in spite of the pending emergency rule, "the security situation in the three states remained daunting".

"Honourable members, the security situation in the three states remains daunting albeit to varying degrees in the face of persistent attacks by members of the Boko Haram sect on civilian and military targets with alarming casualty rates," the letter read.

The president urged the lawmakers to consider and approve by resolution, the extension of the proclamation of the state of emergency in the affected states by a further term of six months from the date of expiration of the current term.

Mr. Jonathan had proclaimed a state of emergency in the three states on May 14, 2013, following onslaughts by members of the Boko Haram sect.

The emergency rule was extended for another six months, beginning from November 12, 2013 after same was approved by the National Assembly.

The president requires both chambers of the National Assembly to support the extension before it can become legal.

While Mr. Jonathan has called for an extension, critics of the emergency rule say it has not hindered the Boko Haram from continuing their terror activities.

Over 2000 people have been killed in Boko Haram-related activities in 2014 alone.


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