President Jonathan declares state of emergency


OLUSEGUN  OGOLO

Goodluck Jonathan as he declared state of emergency in the states

At about 1900hrs GMT today, it was reported on Channels TV and on the African Independent Television (both are Nigerian television stations) that President Goodluck Jonathan had declared a state of emergency in three north eastern states in Nigeria: Bornu, Yobe and Adamawa states.

These states have been the focal points of attack by  Boko Haram  and their residents have had to bear the brunt of untold hardships that come with militancy and unconventional warfare.

In his speech, the president directed the Chief of defence staff to deploy more troops to these states,stating further that  the  actions of these terrorists ” amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and threaten (its) territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this.”

In his speech, President Jonathan said the political leadership,i.e Governors and state Assemblies would be allowed to function whilst the state of emergency was on.

It would be recalled that in his new year speech of 2012, the president announced the imposition o the state of emergency in 15 local governments in the same region.

Unfortunately , president Jonathan’s declaration is coming in a bit late. This decision should have been taken about two years ago before the Malian and Libyan crisis.

For the state of emergency to deliver on promise, it is expedient that our military get the kind of attention that would perpetually boost their moral.

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