Nigeria President declares State of Emergency in 3 States over Islamic Extremist Attacks

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In a terse show of force just a few minutes ago, President Goodluck Jonathan ignored the advise of the Nigerian Governors Forum given yesterday and declared a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

This announcement was made at 7pm during a 15-minutes address to the nation that streamed live on the network services of the Nigeria Television Authority, the Voice of Nigeria and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria.

“The activities of insurgents have been intolerable,” the president said. “Some parts of Borno State have been taken over by groups. The insurgents and terrorists prevent government from fulfilling its duties. No matter what it takes, we will win this war against terrorism.”

It will be recalled that his special adviser on media and publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati had on Sunday denied any plans to declare a state of emergency.

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