Emergency Rule May End Before Six Months – Jonathan

967fd5dbd8434ecc6e9c30d207f474cdThe state of emergency imposed by President Goodluck Jonathan in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states may be lifted before the six months limit stipulated in the 1999 Constitution.

This indication was given by none other than the President himself during his interaction with the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, on the sideline of the ongoing 21st ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Africa Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

While expressing satisfaction with the military in the implementation of the declaration, President Jonathan told the UN Sec-Gen that, “The military intervention in the affected states is going on well. There is no human rights abuse and there is no collateral damage with regards to security of individuals. I am optimistic that with the level of success already being recorded, the emergency rule in the affected states may not last up to the six months stipulated by the Constitution.”

The reports at his disposal, he said, show that the relationship between civilians and soldiers has been cordial.

Earlier, Ki-Moon sympathised with the government and people of Nigeria over the violence being unleashed on parts of the country by members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The UN chief also expressed appreciation to Nigeria for its contribution to UN peace keeping operations and urged Jonathan to support the process in Guinea Bissau.

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