President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan declares a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe & Adamawa States

Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 at 8:07 PM

By BellaNaija.com

Jonathan GoodluckIn a nationwide address on Tuesday 14th May 2013 by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, oa State of Emergency was declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States in order to restore public order, public safety and security in affected states of the Federation. ThisDay reports that “President Jonathan who stated that this measure has become necessary because terrorists and insurgents have constituted themselves as threats to the sovereignty of the country and thereby declared war against them insisting that as a responsible government he could not tolerate these actions.

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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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  • 30 Comments on “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan declares a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe & Adamawa States”

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    • 'Mide May 14, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Finally, Ebele Jonathan wakes up and smells the coffee. I don’t envy him because the task he has taken on as president is so enormous, make God help am!

    • gistyinka blog May 14, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      nice decision from Mr president…

    • nene May 14, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      this man is the “fall guy” for all our useless past presidents and head of states. i seriously don’t know why he took the job when they set him up for failure. past leaders destroyed our country when they had the chance to improve it, now everything is just going bad.

    • Bendel Sisi May 14, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Ehnnnn oga Jona, why did you not include Nasarawa?

    • Baba Olowo May 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Great job Mr. President! Now that’s my President and C-IN-C!!!!!

    • Partyrider May 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      Longgggggg overdue !!

      • Mz Socially Awkward... May 15, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        As in, na today?? However, I will give him his due for finally waking up and doing this.

    • EMMANUEL May 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      THE STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLEARED BY OUR PRESIDENT HAS LONG OVERDUE,ALL D SAME HE HAS DONE WELL FOR SUCH ACTION.MAY GOD HELP US ALL.

    • Akinwale Sunday Ebenezer May 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      May God help us in dis country oo Nigeria, bcus is d only one dat can controle dis country

    • Olamilekan May 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      2go

    • Olamilekan May 14, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Good emagency

    • manay May 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM

      Fantastic action and a long waited,kudos to mr. President for such a bold step!

    • Gina May 14, 2013 at 9:44 PM

      Its indeed long overdue,Mr president is on point.

    • sssss May 14, 2013 at 9:51 PM

      This is long overdue, but I commend him for the action taken

    • Emmanuel Mike saleh May 14, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Mr President may you live long for the good discision that you has taken. But Taraba and Nasarawa will join them very soon. Thank you sir.

    • I.k.best May 14, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      God will help 9ja

    • www.brandigest.wordpress.com May 14, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      Just surprised here. Why allow Governors and Beaurecrats retain power while it’s suppose to relieve them of it in a State of Emergency? What’s the point ehh GEJ?

      Well, kudos Mr. President. Lets gun them down.

    • NNENNE May 15, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      Good job Mr. President. Nigeria belongs to each and everyone of us. Nigerian leadership belongs to all of us too.Not just one geographical area or tribe. Those who cannot handle that should go to hell.

    • lollipop May 15, 2013 at 2:21 AM

      Let’s wait and see who will benefit financially from this. I don’t trust a word from this man!

      • Origen Utondu May 15, 2013 at 9:27 AM

        Mr. Lollipop, people like you are the ones holding this country back with your pessimism. If you don’t ever see anything good in what government does (I am not saying government is perfect), it may well be that you see things with jaundiced eyes! Perhaps, when you removed your biased lenses, you’ll be able to judge fairly.

    • zsa zsa May 15, 2013 at 5:59 AM

      Good Morning Mr. President….na now your day break!

    • Ekine blossom paul graham May 15, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      oga jo u try wella fr d state of emer wey u mandate may c u tru fr ur stay fr we country oooooooo……..tax

    • Peter Erere Peter May 15, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      I like the action of Mr President

    • Peter Erere Peter May 15, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      my God bless Nigeria. In Jesus Name

    • Amaka May 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      I love my Nigeria!

    • Eugenia May 15, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      AT LAST…..

      • bb June 19, 2013 at 9:47 PM

        jealousy #kmt lmao

    • Anyichi May 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Kudos to mr president. Good idea.

    • bishara khan. kuburi May 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      NIGERIAN”S in time like these, have faith in god he alone can give real protection and peace>>>>>goodlock not goodluck<<<<

    • b May 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      thnx goodluck