House Of Reps Approves Extension Of Emergency Rule By Another Six Months

The House of Representatives on Thursday approved the extension of emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states by another six months.
The decision came through a majority voice vote shortly after a closed-door meeting with service chiefs ended around 4.40pm.
The meeting, which started at 2.09pm, was presided over by the Speaker of the House, Mr. Aminu Tambuwal.
Tambuwal said the House chose to vote on the matter following a “robust debate” by members earlier on Wednesday.
In the Senate, members resolved   to consult with more stakeholders before voting on its desirability or otherwise. This decision was reached after a three-hour closed-door session between their leadership   and security chiefs in Abuja .
The security chiefs were Air Marshal Alex Badeh (Chief of Defence Staff); Maj. Gen. Kenneth Minimah (Chief of Army Staff); Rear Admiral Usman Jibrin (Chief of Naval Staff); Air Vice-Marshal Adesola Amosu (Chief of Air Staff); Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar (Inspector-General of Police); and Mr. Ekpeyong Nsah (Director, Department State Security).
President Goodluck Jonathan had forwarded the request for the extension of the emergency rule to the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Tambuwal explained that the meeting between the House and the service chiefs focused on the current security situation in the three states and the progress made so far to secure the release of the over 200 schoolgirls abducted by insurgents in Chibok on April 14.
“We have been duly briefed on these two issues by the service chiefs and I therefore put the question for us to vote”, Tambuwal added.
He put the question and gave the vote to the majority voices shouting “ayes.”
It was learnt that prior to the meeting with the security officials, many lawmakers had vowed to oppose the extension.
However, they were said to have changed their minds after the briefing by the service chiefs.
The Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, later confirmed at a news conference that the security chiefs were able to convince the lawmakers to extend the emergency period.
He stated that the extension was needed for the military to “consolidate on the progress made during the last extension of emergency rule, especially now that there is going to be foreign assistance.”
However, the meeting admitted that there was no constitutional backing for the foreign assistance sought by Jonathan to combat insurgency.
A member, who attended the meeting, Mr. Ibrahim El-Sudi, said the countries sending troops to assist Nigeria were coming under various international treaties.
But, he noted that the snag was that none of the treaties had been ratified by the National Assembly.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria


  1. That is what bribe can do in Nigeria. All the northern hornourable that initially protested the extension were all bought over. This is the palpable sign of a failed state . I sorry for this country.

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