President Goodluck Jonathan has formally requested the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule in the three northeast states hit by a brutal insurgency. The receipt of his letter seeking an extension of emergency rule in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday.
On Monday, the National Defence Council approved the extension and urged the president to request the approval of the Senate and the House of Representatives as required by the constitution.
The council, chaired by the president, with the vice president and security chiefs as members, has the power to advise the president on security matters affecting Nigeria.
Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States have remained the hotbed of Boko Haram insurgency which has killed more than 13,000 and displaced hundreds of thousands since 2009.
If approved by the lawmakers, the emergency rule will be in its fourth phase following two previous extensions.
The emergency rule was first declared on May 14, 2013 by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Under the constitution, each phase of emergency runs for six months. The third round of emergency rule expires on Thursday.
“The council reviewed the issue of the state of emergency and the government will be requesting the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule. It will go in immediately,” Attorney General, Mohammed Adoke told reporters Monday.
Mr. Jonathan chaired Monday’s meeting which was also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo service chiefs, the National Security Adviser and the Inspector General of Police.
Others in attendance were the Minister of Defence, Aliyu Guasu, and the Minister of Interior, Mr. Aba Moro and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim.