Monday, 27 May 2013

State Of Emergency In North. Eastern States May Not Last 6 Months - President Goodluck

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured the Secretary General of the United Nations,  Ban Ki Moon that the state of Emergency declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states,  may not last up to six months as prescribed by the constitution. 

President Jonathan who met with the UN Secretary General on the sideline of the Africa Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia explained that this was due to the success so far recorded by troops deployed to the North Eastern states 

Dr Jonathan was quick assure Mr Moon that the military had strictly adhered to the rules of engagement, adding that government would do everything possible to ensure that  the civilian population was not put through hardship, 

He explained that the successes recorded by the military was exemplified by the lack of collateral civilian casualties, noting that the operation had helped in creating a better relationship between the civilian population and members of the armed forces.

President Jonathan said government's decision to release women and children members of the Boko Haram was in the spirit of the rules of engagement of the operation.

Earlier in his remarks, the Secretary General of the United Nations sympathized with the government and people of Nigeria over he activities of Boko Haram, saying that Terrorism was a global phenomenon that must be confronted by the international community.

He reiterated his call on the Nigerian military engaged in operations in the affected states where state of emergency had been declared to be prudent and cautious in protecting the civilian population in the areas of operation.

And thanking President Jonathan for Nigeria's contributions to peace keeping operations of the United Nations, Mr. Moon further solicited the support of the Nigeria in bringing an end to the political crises in Guinea Bissau.

President Jonathan also met with the presidents of Egypt, Jamaica as well as the King of Swaziland.

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