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Jonathan Seeks Extension Of Emergency Rule In Three States
President Goodluck Jonathan is seeking the approval of the National Assembly to extend emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States for another six months.
This is contained in a letter from the President addressed to the leadership of both chambers of the house.
The letter was read on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday morning by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
In the letter President Jonathan told the Senate that security situation in the aforementioned states is still worrisome, hence the need for an extension.
This is also in view of the fact that the Nigeria military is being joined by counterparts from the UK, U.S., France, China, and Isreal to find the missing over 200 girls kidnapped from Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State.
Without emergency rule in place, it is reasoned that it would be difficult for the international effort to succeed.
Already, the U.S. with the permission of the Nigerian government has started surveillance flights over Northern Nigeria as part of its efforts to locate the school girls.
Both chambers are therefore expected to carry out legislative deliberation on the request for emergency rules extension in the three north eastern as soon as possible.
Governors of the three affected states are opposed to the idea of an extension, insisting that it was not serving its purpose as more killings and destruction have been successfully carried out there since the declaration of emergency rule.
They asked the federal government to explore other means of resolving the situation instead.
But speaking during his last televised media chat two weeks ago, President Jonathan insisted the emergency rule was yielding positive results, against the views of majority of the residents in the affected states.