Breaking News: Jonathan declares state of emergency in the north-east

President of Christians Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (L) speaks with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (C) in the state house, in Abuja. Photo Credit: Getty Image

By NAL Staff writer
Following increased bombing activities by Nigeria’s Islamist sect Boko Haram,  the death of hundreds of innocent lives in the past few months, and public anger against security agents “inaction,” President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday declares a state of emergency in parts of the country’s north-eastern states.

In a television address monitor through Reuters news agency, President Jonathan listed the states affected by the decree to include Plateau, Yobe and Borno. Also, international borders with Niger Republic and Chad are effectively closed.

“The temporary closure of our borders in the affected areas is only an interim measure designed to address the current security challenges and will be resumed as soon as normalcy is restored,” says President Jonathan.

SBG media founder and senior political editorialist Yemi Ifegbuyi describes the President action as “a bit late, but appropriate.”

“Finally, President Jonathan makes the right move. It’s a fair move by the President considering the complexity of our national politics, he should be for once applauded,” says Ifegbuyi.

Affected cities and towns:

Borno State: Maidugiri Metropolitan,  Gamboru Ngala, Banki Bama,  Biu, and Jere LGA

Yobe State: Damaturu, Geidam, Potiskum, Buniyadi-Gujba, and Gasua-Bade LGA,

Plateau State: Jos North, Jos South, Barkin-Ladi, and Riyom LGA

Niger State:  Suleja LGA


This is a breaking news, Nigerians Abroad Live will continue to update this page as event unfolds

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