Senate spokesman, Enyinaya Abaribe, told journalists Tuesday that the Nigerian Military has insisted on having emergency rule to aid its counter-insurgency operations in the troubled northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.
This was the fallout of the seven-hour closed door meet between the service chiefs and the Senate yesterday. The chiefs, who were initially invited last week before the shutting of the National Assembly, were to brief the lawmakers on the exigency of the emergency rules as well as on the effectiveness of their operations in the states hit most by Boko Haram insurgency. They were Lieutenant General, Kenneth Minimah, Chief of Army Staff; Air Vice Marshal, Adesola Amosu, Chief of Air Staff; Rear Admiral Usman Jubrin, the Chief of Naval Staff and Director-General of State Security Service, Mr Ita Ekpeyong.
Abaribe said the parley with the military personnel aimed at finding a quick resolution to the insurgency. “The military, Abaribe said, “continues to insist that they need the state of emergency to be able to conduct operations in a manner that will bring it to a quick resolution.”
“The troop levels, the level of equipment and of course all the other problems,” according to the senator, included issues the service chiefs raised at the meet.
Abaribe expressed optimism about the military ability to deal with the insurgency, event though denied the necessity for extending the emergency rule as requested by President Goodluck Jonathan.
This is the third failed meeting by the senate over President Jonathan’s request.