The Nigerian Senate was Tuesday undecided on whether or not to extend the emergency rule requested by President Goodluck Jonathan in three states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe due to unwavering insurgency.
After it confirmed and read the president’s letter on the request, the Senate went into a closed-door session to deliberate the issue, but came out to announce it would continue today, Wednesday. and Yobe states” might generate tension, the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, moved a motion for the Senate to dissolve into a closed – door session to consider the request.
When the senators reconvened after a two-and-half hour extensive brainstorming, Mark announced that further discussion on the issue would hold on Wednesday(today).
The closed session by senate was said to stem frayed nerves, particularly from senators, many of them in opposition party to the President’s, from the affected regions. Majortity Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba made the motion for the private session, which others concurred.
There have been distrust and disillusion about the effectiveness of earlier extension rules since 2012, to contain the Boko Haram insurgency that sprung in most parts of the core north.
In this group were Senators Ali Ndume (Bornu South), Ahmed Lawan (Yobe North), and Kabiru Marafa (Zamfara Central).
Ndume hinged his opposition to the emergency rule on its worsening the already precarious security situation in the affected states.
“Our fear now is that if we extend it again, we are inviting more problems to ourselves because the insurgents would capture more territories during the period,” Ndume said.
He added that his constituents “are totally opposed … because it restricts movements of the civilian populace while the insurgents move freely and have a field day.”
Lawan was of the opinion that “after 18 months of the state of emergency, we should look at other avenue.”
He said his colleagues believed the president can deploy the military to any part of the country without declaring a state of emergency, and so wouldn’t approve the emergency rule extension.