Reps Reject Jonathan’s Request For Extension of Emergency Rule

An executive section of the House of Representatives has rejected the request by President Goodluck Jonathan for the extension of state of emergency in the restive North east.

The members took the decision to reject the request on Thursday in a closed door meeting which was held at the chamber of the House.

Spokesperson of the House, Zakari Mohammed, who briefed newsmen shortly after the meeting urged the President to invoke Section 81 of the 1999 Constitution and order massive deployment of troops to the restive region, instead of making a request for extension of emergency rule.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, had directed the House to resume sitting after the adjournment of its plenary on October 28 to December 2014 in order to give members ample opportunity to carry out pre-budget oversight functions ahead of the 2015 budget and also to meet up with the political calendar of all the political parties.



    Tambuwal, in a statement said he was called by President Jonathan requesting for the extension of the existing State of Emergency in the crisis states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

    “Pursuant to the powers conferred on me by Section 305 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, which requires me to “forthwith convene or arrange a meeting of the House” and in order to treat the extension before the expiration of the current State of Emergency in accordance with Section 305 (6) (c) of the Constitution, I hereby reconvene the House of Representatives, currently on Recess”, he said.

    Tambuwal said that the Thursday resumption has a single agenda which he said was to put into consideration the request of the president’s request.

    The speaker and other members of the House were initially prevented from entering the National Assembly complex on Thursday, but eventually gained access and held a session of the House where the request by the President for an extension of the emergency rule in the three states was turned down.


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