VIDEO: Presidential Address By President Goodluck Jonathan On The Declaration Of A State Of Emergency In Borno, Yobe And Adamawa States

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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Surveying the changes under Fajardo and since, Jeihhco says: "Yes, there's been atransformation. And of course we agree with the changes. But they need to keep attacking the causes, not the effects." Jeihhco draws adiagram: a nucleus around which satellites rotate, marked "Robbery", "Kidnapping", "Drugs" and "Murder". "That's what they're attacking, the satellites." What's in the middle? "Inequality, bad education, no jobs or opportunity – that's where we need the changes," he says. "There have been some good things, but I went to school every day through a war zone, and every day I take my eight-year-old son to school through a war zone. It's not so much changed as different. Before: narcos, guerrillas, paramilitaries. Now: combos, mini-combos, supercombos – it's all fragmented, but it's still war."
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Gudwrk presdnt.

LETS THINK DEEPLY- WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY?

How long shall we wait so that some crazy elements who do not know the value of human lives destroy our country. Can there be any diplomatic solutions to this problem when some people take laws into their hands? How long shall the president show his ineptitude? Is it not time the president takes a radical step towards solving this problem?

LETS THINK DEEPLY- WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY?

I THINK WHAT WE NEED IS A POLITICAL APPROACH NOT A MILITARY APPROACH. RUSSIA TRIED IT- IT DIDN'T WORK, AMERICA TRIED IT- IT DIDN'T WORK. IT NEVER WORKS. IT WILL JUST CREATE MORE HATRED. I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THE FACT THAT A PRESIDENT CANT JUST SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING. LETS THINK MORE DEEPLY

Nigerian are the most stupid people

Am sorry for Nigeria. Why are they supporting this ridiculous decision of an incompetent president. Instead of declaring state of emergency and going after BH foot soldiers, why cant the government go after the sponsors who am sure the president knows about. Oh sorry the sponsors are the bigwigs in PDP as Azazi mentioned before GEJ killed him. Sorry for gullible nigerians. You will all remain in perpetual poverty until you wise up. Useless people.

terro in nigeria

my able president you have said it all but there is nothing like indivisible nigeria what is constant is change the geographycal entity called nigeria is a simple understanding by nigerians for a popose of gaining independence from britain which have been archived.the almalgamation of nigeria was not nigerians will but that of britain,after 100 years of trail yet there nothing oneness in us.cant nigeria devide peacefully instead of wasting precius lives preserving an already devided nation for selfish reason.please mr president these is people's opinion.

Animal in human skin,you

Animal in human skin,you don't want GEJ right!,we want him,go and hug transfumer.ewu hausa like you,if you ppl like, kill every living thing in borno & co,GEJ must win come 2015,danbansa

Stupid decision

This our so call president dont know what he is doing at all, how can a president declared a state of imergency just to depolyed army to the state. If you look at it already armies are in those state's killing innocent people. A case like this does not require deploying army, is the work of an intellegent poeple, because is only the intellegent poeple that will work toward knowing the poeple behind the killing and as well knowing the poeple sponsoring them. And by the way the president said he knows those poeple, why cant he come out and tells Nigeria the poeple reponsible for killing innocent poeple.
I belief PDP and Gudluck they are behind the killing because they know what is going on. So by 2015 we are not voting for PDP and Gudluck they are all going by the grace of God, APC for real.

CONFUSED

A confused nation plus a fool and confused president will certainly produce a confused and foolish result. Only God can save this nation! I can not imagine the destination of a fool and blind driver, anyway, he may be assisted by the passengers as well as the conductor, but guess, what of if they all morons? - DANGEROUS hmmmm. This is the similitude of mr. president and his cabinet.

THANK U MISTER PRESIDENT! WE

THANK U MISTER PRESIDENT! WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ALL THIS TIME. THESE BOKO HARAM MURDERERS ARE NOT HUMANS, HENCE THEY REALLY NEEDED HEAVY FORCE AND ALL POWER WITHIN TO FLUSH THEM. DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT YOU MUST REALLY GO AFTER THEM,WE SUPPORT YOU AND GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH AMEN!
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Mr. President!

Mr. President! The section of the constitution that conferred that power on you is section 305 - three zero five and not 3o5 - three o five. 'Nawa' for mr. president, a ph. d holder for God sake! What a shame to the institution that awarded him the ph. d and Nigerians that elected him?

Poor video quality as if

Poor video quality as if taken in the 60´s. NTA should wake up and try to join the rest of the world. A state of emergency is long over due in these states.

At last, my president gat

At last, my president gat ballz...

Yes 2 Jonathan

Sir, Goodluck should carry on with his planns, 4 peace 2 reign in dis country.

Stil north wil survive

Wil al dis measure the region wil survive at the hand dis bad governance Insha ALLAH

Heave!

It is rhetorically nice piece Mr. Warlord. I hope all these words are not written to sweet our ears. Coz we know that a local group like 'boko haram' as it once was, couldn't trail Nigeria for these years. Surely, they have sponsors, coaches, hotels... within and abroad. To be sincere, only sincererity and readiness could halt the situation. Remember, conspiracy never ends, so I hope this wont serve as a path to do the same in the other states - in the name of insecurity. We are looking forward to seeing a quick and hailing result from the new sustainers. Provide none, you are depriving yourselves not us. Verily, Allah will certainly punish the terrorists and all those hidden devils of human-skin. Long live Nigeria! Down with conspirators!

re - state of emergency

not too bad, but why retain the governors? who will the security operatives report to now. is the governor not the chief security officer of the state?

Go ahead GEJ

Go ahead GEJ

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