Senate Defers Decison On State Of Emergency Till Next Week

The Senate has deferred the debate on whether to approve the request for the extension of the state of emergency in three Northern State till next week.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said senators had fruitful deliberation with the security chiefs yesterday on the matter.
He said, “As responsible and patriotic Nigerians, we are looking at it from very diverse angles to ensure that the security situation in those states improve at the shortest possible time.
“The Senate also agreed to do further consultation with all the necessary stakeholders to ensure that everybody could buy into whatever that is needed to be done to secure those states and defeat insurgents there.
“This is what transpired at our closed-door session. So by Tuesday next week, we will continue our deliberation on the state of emergency and insurgency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.”
A Senator from Yobe State, Ahmed Lawan, however maintained the position of the Northern senators that they would vote against the request by Jonathan.
Lawan said, “We are against a state of emergency. What we require is effectiveness of those (military) who are there and that does not require a state of emergency. What we need to do is to ensure that whatever resources are appropriated are utilised properly.
“The military had conducted very massive operations in Nasarawa,   Benue, Zamfara states   and recently in Katsina State. Those states were not under a state of emergency before those operations were conducted.
“Let me tell you, insurgency does not end. In Turkey, it’s been’, over 30 years, in Pakistan and Colombia, its over 50 years. Insurgency doesn’t end.
“What you need to do is to continue to get the right arms and re-strategise until you get to the situation where people would feel better. And you don’t have to be under a state of emergency.”


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

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