Jonathan: We may declare state of emergency in Kaduna, Bauchi

Date: 27-04-2011 2:14 pm (9 years ago) | Author: Daniel Bosai
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- at 27-04-2011 02:14 PM (9 years ago)
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President Goodluck Jonathan said yesterday that the Federal Government might be forced to declare a state of emergency in Kaduna and Bauchi states if the security situation in the two states do not improve to allow the conduct of the rescheduled governorship and Houses of Assembly elections billed for tomorrow. The Independent National  Electoral Commission (INEC) had deferred elections in the two states out of the states that recorded post election violence.

 

Speaking to newsmen shortly after casting his vote in his hometown of Otuoke in Bayelsa State, Jonathan said there was no reason why the elections could not go on as scheduled as there was adequate arrangement in the two states.

He said that even if the emergency would be imposed, it may not necessarily lead to the ouster of the state governors, who are all from the ruling PDP.

Jonathan explained that even though Nigerians have a misconception about state of emergency, its imposition was an extreme measure applicable only as last resort, noting  that the people of the states  were of the belief that the situation has gone very bad.

He said, “Elections will take place on Thursday. Let us observe what will happen today first before the state of emergency.

“State of emergency, sometimes people don’t even understand. I got to know that when you impose a state of emergency, by law, the governor is not supposed to leave. That is what my Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) told me. We will find out. But before we declare a state of emergency, there are reasons why people are saying there should be state of emergency. You declare a state of emergency in a state; you can also declare a state of emergency in the country based on our constitution. That is when the social circumstances create an environment that governance becomes extremely difficult,” he said.

The president who cautioned against such situation that would warrant the declaration of state of emergency explained further: “You want to militarise the whole place, no development and every money goes for security.

“If you declare a state of emergency in any state, invariably, what you are saying is that there is nothing like development in that state. You appoint a military administrator and use the money to make sure there is security and it’s  not the best.

There maybe two reasons why people are talking about state of emergency. Either because the situation is still so bad or alternatively if by 29th of this month we are unable to conduct election in any state, then by law you can’t conduct any election in any state again until after inauguration because we need 30 days.

“In that case, we have no choice than to declare state of emergency. But as a President you cannot just rush to declare state of emergency.

“It should be the last resort when everything fails because this is the state of emergency that is probably for six months or even if it is three months, are three months of stagnation. We cannot just rush that. That is why we deferred the election for Kaduna and Bauchi till Thursday,” he stated.

Jonathan remarked that government was keenly studying the situation in both states to see how things unfold.

He said: “Let’s finish the election. Let’s see what happens across the country.

Let us also study the situation in Kaduna and Bauchi and let us know if we move more security personnel to the states whether we can do the elections or not.

“State of emergency is not the best option but if we can do the election, definitely we will do it. But if we cannot, well we can consider that but it is not the best option” the president declared.

Singling out members of the National Youth Service Corps for praise over their conduct as ad-hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the president assured them that government was aware of their plight and was doing everything to remedy the situation.

He observed that even though some of them have paid the supreme price in the service of the country, others have continued to work for their fatherland.

The rescheduled elections will hold a day short of the deadline set by the Electoral Act 2010 as amended which says elections must be conducted no later than 30 days to the expiration of the tenure of the administration in office which is May 29, 2011.


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Posted: at 27-04-2011 02:14 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
- deboalabi262 at 27-04-2011 03:03 PM (9 years ago)
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GEJ, that is rather too late considering the number of innocent people that has lost their lives during these religious / political chaos.....

Posted: at 27-04-2011 03:03 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- Rainbowline at 27-04-2011 03:40 PM (9 years ago)
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President Goodluck Jonathan, act now and very fast before more harms are done. As for the NYSC members serving in the election, you must make sure they are adequately given allowances other than the usual monthly something they are being paid because that is how it is done in other civilized parts of the world.   
Posted: at 27-04-2011 03:40 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- solid_solid at 27-04-2011 04:13 PM (9 years ago)
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ok
Posted: at 27-04-2011 04:13 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- giftmurphy at 27-04-2011 04:21 PM (9 years ago)
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i c
Posted: at 27-04-2011 04:21 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- moniconyez at 27-04-2011 04:23 PM (9 years ago)
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Ok SIR Your wish is our comands
Posted: at 27-04-2011 04:23 PM (9 years ago) | Hero
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- SNYPER at 27-04-2011 05:09 PM (9 years ago)
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By God's Grace it will be peaceful.
Posted: at 27-04-2011 05:09 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- interpo77 at 27-04-2011 05:10 PM (9 years ago)
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i figured out ur passion for this nation nigeria
u interpreted the state of emergency n to cast it out now may bring alot of stop to the progrsess n development in
the states metioned above, but then Sir, if the  elections in these state may hold on,let there be enough
 secutity agents to help facilitATE  peace , free n fair movement of pple, during the exercise of voting n onwards
Posted: at 27-04-2011 05:10 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mallorca at 27-04-2011 05:40 PM (9 years ago)
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what are you still waiting for Mr President?

Posted: at 27-04-2011 05:40 PM (9 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- dogodajiabuja at 27-04-2011 06:16 PM (9 years ago)
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not only state of emergency. carry soldiers from the south and niger delta go there make them wipe all those barbarians away
or chase them back to chad and yemen where they belong including
cadanre, mamood, ajano, delat and co
idiot and ignoramus!
Posted: at 27-04-2011 06:16 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- toibeli at 27-04-2011 06:30 PM (9 years ago)
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Mr president, don't just say it, just do it Angry
Posted: at 27-04-2011 06:30 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- sobeit at 27-04-2011 06:46 PM (9 years ago)
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"we might declare state of emergency"..when Mr president? i guess when all the innocent lives have been wipe out.hmmm
Posted: at 27-04-2011 06:46 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- lynnclassic at 27-04-2011 06:56 PM (9 years ago)
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gosh i have missed alot this period!why now after the death of so many pple?Huh?Huh??
Posted: at 27-04-2011 06:56 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- abbeyy74 at 27-04-2011 07:15 PM (9 years ago)
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better and gud idea
Posted: at 27-04-2011 07:15 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Kazee3000 at 27-04-2011 07:27 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: chisparlis on 27-04-2011 06:38 PM
State of emergency. Huh!! are we still Nigerians with those goats and cows living in the north, i thought the presido should be discussing on how to separate Cow and goat from normal human beings.
My friend, keep your mouth short and stop generalizing the North if you don't know how and what the North is all about and the different kind of people living in the North!! Then I think you should be more than the goat and cow!!! Sad
Posted: at 27-04-2011 07:27 PM (9 years ago) | Newbie
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- estilizo at 27-04-2011 08:13 PM (9 years ago)
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ok ooooo,please be fast with that decision,infact declay it right away,to save innocent blood from spilling.

Posted: at 27-04-2011 08:13 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- williams100 at 27-04-2011 08:24 PM (9 years ago)
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if needs be then it should be passed and implemented effective immediately those states brought it upon themselves and if security is not tightened to the brim,tensions and unrest might increase.
Posted: at 27-04-2011 08:24 PM (9 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- ajanni at 27-04-2011 08:25 PM (9 years ago)
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state of emergency is welcome not only on those two states only but entire nation as whole
Posted: at 27-04-2011 08:25 PM (9 years ago) | Grande Master
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- Commonsense at 27-04-2011 08:40 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on 27-04-2011 08:25 PM
state of emergency is welcome not only on those two states only but entire nation as whole

This is to show how stupid and senseless you are. Nothing you ever say makes any senseless.
Posted: at 27-04-2011 08:40 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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- Commonsense at 27-04-2011 08:42 PM (9 years ago)
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Quote from: ajanni on 27-04-2011 08:25 PM
state of emergency is welcome not only on those two states only but entire nation as whole

This is to show how stupid and senseless you are. Nothing you ever say makes any sense.
Posted: at 27-04-2011 08:42 PM (9 years ago) | Upcoming
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