BREAKING NEWS: Jonathan Declares State of Emergency In Borno, Yobe and Adamawa State

By SaharaReporters, New York

President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria today declared a state of  emergency in three Nigerian states of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno. The  president made the declaration during a nationwide broadcast carried  live on national television.

In imposing the state of emergency today, President Jonathan wielded extra-Ordinary measures by invoking

Section 305, Sub section 1 of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria.

However, Mr. Jonathan stated that regardless of the state of  emergency imposed today, the governors in the three states will remain  in office.

The president had earlier met with the governors in the Aso Rock Villa late afternoon shortly before the the broadcast.

ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, GCFR ON THE DECLARATION OF A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN BORNO, YOBE AND ADAMAWA STATES IN ORDER TO RESTORE PUBLIC ORDER, PUBLIC SAFETY AND SECURITY IN THE AFFECTED STATES OF THE FEDERATION
 
MAY 14, 2013
 
 
Dear compatriots,
1.    It has become necessary for me to address you on the recent spate of terrorist activities and protracted security challenges in some parts of the country, particularly in Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Kano, Plateau and most recently Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue and Nasarawa states.  These unfortunate events have led to needless loss of lives and property of many innocent Nigerians including members of our security forces.
 
2.   The recent killing of security operatives by a cult group in Nasarawa state is particularly condemnable. I have directed that no effort or expense be spared in identifying and bringing to justice all those who had a hand in the killing of the operatives.
 
3.   The activities of insurgents and terrorists have been reprehensible, causing fear among our citizens and a near-breakdown of law and order in parts of the country, especially the North. We have taken robust steps to unravel and address the root causes of these crises, but it would appear that there is a systematic effort by insurgents and terrorists to destabilize the Nigerian state and test our collective resolve.
 
4.  Since I returned to the country after cutting short my visit to South Africa and aborting a planned state visit to Namibia, I have received detailed briefings from our security agencies. These briefings indicate that what we are facing is not just militancy or criminality, but a rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. Already, some northern parts of Borno state have been taken over by groups whose allegiance is to different flags and ideologies.
 
5.   These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country. In many places, they have destroyed the Nigerian flag and other symbols of state authority and in their place, hoisted strange flags suggesting the exercise of alternative sovereignty.
 
6.  They have attacked government buildings and facilities. They have murdered innocent citizens and state officials. They have set houses ablaze, and taken women and children as hostages. These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and threaten her territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this.
 
 7.  Previously, we adopted a multi-track approach to the resolution of this problem through actions which included persuasion, dialogue and widespread consultation with the political, religious and community leaders in the affected states.
 
8.  We exercised restraint to allow for all efforts by both State Governors and well-meaning Nigerians to stop the repeated cases of mindless violence.
 
9.  Yet, the insurgents and terrorists seek to prevent government from fulfilling its constitutional obligations to the people as they pursue their fanatical agenda of mayhem, mass murder, division and separatism.
 
10. While the efforts at persuasion and dialogue will continue, let me reiterate that we have a sacred duty to ensure the security and well-being of all our people and protect the sovereign integrity of our country. Therefore, we shall, on no account, shy away from doing whatever becomes necessary to provide the fullest possible security for the citizens of this country in any part of the country they choose to reside.
 
11.   We have a duty to stand firm against those who threaten the sovereign integrity of the Nigerian state. Our will is strong, because our faith lies in the indivisibility of Nigeria.
 
12.  Following recent developments in the affected states, it has become necessary for Government to take extraordinary measures to restore normalcy. After wide consultations, and in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of Section 305, sub-section 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby declare a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
 
13.  Accordingly, the Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately deploy more troops to these states for more effective internal security operations. The troops and other security agencies involved in these operations have orders to take all necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists.
 
14.  This will include the authority to arrest and detain suspects, the taking of possession and control of any building or structure used for terrorist purposes, the lock-down of any area of terrorist operation, the conduct of searches, and the apprehension of persons in illegal possession of weapons.
 
 
15.  The details of this Proclamation will be transmitted to the National Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. But in the meantime, let me make it clear that within the purview of this Proclamation, the Governors and other political office holders in the affected states will continue to discharge their constitutional responsibilities.
 
16.   I urge the political leadership in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states to co-operate maximally with the Armed Forces and the Police to ensure that the exercise succeeds. We call on the citizenry to co-operate with our security agencies to ensure a return to normalcy within the shortest possible time.
 
17.   I am again approaching our neighbouring countries, through diplomatic channels, as done in the recent past, for their co-operation in apprehending any terrorist elements that may escape across the border.
 
 
18.  Nigerians are peace-loving people; these sad events perpetrated by those who do not wish our nation well have not changed the essential character of our people.
 
 
19.  I want to reassure you all that those who are directly or indirectly encouraging any form of rebellion against the Nigerian state, and their collaborators; those insurgents and terrorists who take delight in killing our security operatives, whoever they may be, wherever they may go, we will hunt them down, we will fish them out, and we will bring them to justice. No matter what it takes, we will win this war against terror.
 
20.  I am convinced that with your support and prayers, we shall overcome these challenges and together, we will restore every part of our country to the path of peace, growth and development.
 
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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EXCELLENT MOVE MR

EXCELLENT MOVE MR PRESIDENT?
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EVERY RIGHT THINKING TRUE NIGERIAN KNOWS THAT
1) DURING THE INTEROGATION OF THE CAPTURED BOKO HARAM OPERATIVES, THE SSS MUST MUST HAVE EXTRACTED THE IDENTITIES OF THE SPONSORS.
SO THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS WHO THEY ARE.
2) HOWEVER, GIVEN THE CALIBRE OF THE PERSONS IMPLICATED AND THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM AND LEGISLATIVE SYSTEM COMPROMISED BY RELIGIOUS AND SECTIONAL SENTIMENTS, THE GOVERNMENT COULD NOT HAVE COME OUT TO ARREST AND PROSECUTE THEM. AS THIS WILL MAKE MATTERS WORSE.
3) SO THE WAY TO GO WILL BE TO BATTLE AND OVERCOME THE BOKO HARAM OPERATIONS AND DESTABILIZE THEIR NETWORK IN AN OPEN BATTLE.
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WE AWAIT WHAT PEOPLE LIKE BUHARI, BABANGIDA, ATIKU ETC WILL SAY ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF THE STATE OF EMERGENCY!

Question

Mr president, why allow d Governors in office?

Note and Advice

Must security be killed b/4 a state of emergency b declare? Oh, u mean those killed are nt human beings! Or are security operative Angels send by God. U're d type that do nt treat others as human wen u get 2 d top. 4 every 1 has right 2 life. Read d 1999 constitution of d Fed Rep of Nigeria, section 33 sub-section 1a and 34 sub-section as above. Having read 4rm ur commt, i advice; do nt treat even ur child as in regard stat'd above. Thk if comply.

state of emmergency and inability to govern

President Jonathan Goodluck declaration of emergency is an effort in futility. When are we going to learn? The entire case hinges on Jonathan's hypocrisy and gross incompetence on how the country could be governed. Corruption is all that to it. Terrorists are riding on the back of corruption, ineptitude of Jonathan and directionless leadership of the National Assembly.The effects of Western Region's constitutional crisis and the so called emergency declared in 1962 is still prevailing in Nigeria till today! If Jonathan listens to the people the current structure of Federal Government is on a haven for thieves and subverts

Nigeria Will Grow out of Difficulties

Definitely Nigeria will grow out of the present insecurity and become a stronger and better managed country. The President has shown that he respects our constitutional democracy. The decision not to emasculate democratic institutions in the states affected by the state of emergency shows the premier value that a civilian leader has for democracy over that which a military leader showed to democracy in Nigeria. The President has shown that he can lead democracy without destroying the institutions that brought him to power, he has shown that HOPE IS NOT LOST on Nigeria. I urge the national assembly to fund security in the affected states and the President would do better if he sets up detention centers in and out of the affected states where Boko Haram suspects can be tried for treason under the laws of Nigeria.

Total Emergency Delaration is Required

This is a right action in the right direction but why are the democratic apparatus still in place despite the wanton killing and destroyed properties. The president should do more lets visit history:That is well said, lets go a little back to history: On 26 September 2006 the Ekiti State House of Assembly impeached the governor, Ayodele Fayose and his deputy Abiodun Christine Olujimi, alleging gross misconduct. On October 19, 2006, President Olusegun Obasanjo declared a State of Emergency in Ekiti State and suspended the governor, deputy governor and House of Assembly of the state. He appointed Tunji Olurin, as "Sole Administrator" on Ekiti State. The State of Emergency was ratified by the National Assembly on October 26. Soon after being appointed, Olurin dissolved the local government councils, who were under investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly misappropriating of about 7.3 billion naira.

Jonathan, resign now! You have reached your wit's end!

Mr Jonathan has failed as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. People have hailed him for this state of emergency declaration but I don't! The Boko Haram had all the time, until the president announced a 'secession' of Borno from Nigeria, said that it recognized neither the fed. govt. nor the president! Secession had been on all the time! But Jonathan chose to handle issues with kid gloves! What has happened now is that Nigeria has only 35 States, while other States might secede soon! And what Jonathan has done is to declare an 'emergency' with the governors still in charge! Is this how to fight secession? Caustic! Nigeria is gradually breaking into smithereens and here is Jonathan romancing these Islamists! If Jonathan survives to 2015, please don't come back for you and your cabinet are very incompetent!

Come on people lets give

Come on people lets give president GEJ a break. If this man did not do what he just did you guys would have complained, if he did not soft pedal in his earlier approach to this challenge you guys would have asked why? There is no better time to make this declaration than now. I am proud of you Mr President, this further proves that you can lead the way to transform Nigeria if you choose to. May God grant you and the service Chiefs wisdom to do the BEST thing. Kudos mr President majority of peace loving Nigerians are behind you.

Closing the borders better than State of Emergency

Declaring State of Emergency in Yobe,Adamawa and Bornu States without closing the borders in the Northern part of the country to prevent movement of arms and ammunition is like pouring water in the basket.This is the first advise the security agencies should have given President Jonathan than State of Emergency that will consume human beings on both sides.
The FG should heavily invest in security in the sense that money must reach the junior most security officer to operate.

Its time to put politics

Its time to put politics aside and tackle issues of national concern.

Nice Work Mr President

Nice work Mr president.We will stand by you and give you the support you need.Kudos,more grace to your elbow.

Nice Work Mr President

Nice work Mr president.We will stand by you and give you the support you need.Kudos,more grace to your elbow.

Segun, you missed the point

Segun, It is unfortunate that you did not see any sense in what the President has done by declaring the state of emergency on Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, yet retaining the existing political structure. Before rushing to the press to demonstrate your ineptitude, you were supposed to ask a few smart guys in Ibadan on the rationale and sanctity of the broadcast. If you had taken the advantage of the presence of good schools such as University of Ibadan, or The Polytechnics and much more within the Ibadan area, I definitely know that you would not have been this debased and inept. So my Segun, the ball is still in your court to decide on your future irrespective of your age.

I pray that by declaring

I pray that by declaring state of emergency in the three states will put an end to all this crises. Thank you Mr president.
Long Live the President of Republic of nigeria.
Long live the people of Nigeria.
God bless us all

Because the people of plateau

Because the people of plateau are not Boko Haram like you.

sheer hypocracy

This is hypocritical. Voice of Jacob hand of Esau. Why not full declaration and why are States like Nassarawa, Bayelsa and Plateau left out. This is a form of Composite Administration and not State of Emergency.

up GEJ

Ahha! Now U are showing that U really know to use our NATIONAL ANTHEM. I thought b-4 that my president dont how to use the strength that is it. Up U!

way to go bro!

This is a beginning step to deal with terrorism, but if you want to deal with the root of this insurgence, Mr. President, FIND OUT WHO THE SPONSORS ARE! and clarify the connection with the PDP. And did i say; i like your confidence bro.

The president of the federal

The president of the federal Republic of the highly populated nation in AFRICA the desitions you made today is the best,GOD WILL PROTECT YOU NIGERIANS AND THE NATIONS AT LARGE THIS MESSAGE IS FROM YOUR SECT OF YOUR CAMPAIGN ORGAN BENUE ALH IBRAHIM NDABAGI

emergency rule

only evil minded people will not see anything good which the government is doing to stop this killings. This is because they are persuing one agenda. The so called elites never see amything wrong in what the evil people are doing, rather they try to justify the evil act simply because they are no longer relavant in the society hence, let governance be difficult for any body in power.lets suport the fight against this evil killings

Full of deceptive people

Nigeria is populated with deceptive people. Suddenly the President has done an heroic job declaring a haphazard state of emergency. I wonder if the Military (JTF) has not been the ones in counter-offensive against these dreaded sect before now.

Yorubas are the major source

Yorubas are the major source of Nigeria problems. These coward and camelon tribe are the backbone and strength of the useless Hausa/Fulanis, even before the civil war. They helped and still assisting the northern animals in their atrocities in our homeland Nigeria.

These two parasite tribes are immigrant in our homeland Nigeria. Oduduwa the father and founder of these cowards migrated from Ethiopia and settled in Ile Ife. The myth of the Hausa/Fulanis immigration begins with their father and founder, Bayajidda, who escaped his father from the middle east and migrated to West Africa.

These two confused tribes were expected to embrace the country that gives them home,life and opportunities. But they preferred to kill the Aborigines, stealing our resources and destroying our homeland economy. The yorubas will continue and remain slave in the hand of Hausa/Fulanis. South East/South South are watching.

**********TIME HAS COME*************

It is time for Nigerians to work as a team fishing out these bastards who take delight in killing innocent Nigerians. Mr. President you have taking the action we have long waited for, i hope and pray for peace to rain.

CAN sec killed in maiduguri

Barely 30 minutes after jona declared state of emergency, the sec of can in borno state has been killed. RIP to the departed.

@Ismaildel

Plateau State is excluded because it is not a Moslem State. Like Boko Haram State. What part of this didn't you understand?

DOKUBO ASARI NOT A LEADER BUT A THUG

In response to what i read from comment that nigerian need fearless leader like dokubo, dokubo is not a leader but thug

he should av added bAUCHI

IF ONLY HE HAD ADDED BAUCHI SO THAT WE KNOW THAT ALL STATES BORDERING BORNO ARE TAKEN CARE OF.nOW THEY ARE GONNA USE BAUCHI AS THEIR ROUTE DONWNWARDS

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