DEMONSTRATING a much more forceful resolve to restore security with the expression “Enough is enough,” President Goodluck Jonathan Tuesday declared a state of emergency in the three troubled states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
In the 12th paragraph of his 7.00 p.m. broadcast to the nation, the President said: “Following recent developments in the affected states, it has become necessary for government to take extraordinary measures to restore normalcy. After wide consultations, and in exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of Section 305, sub-section 1 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I hereby declare a State of Emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
“Accordingly, the Chief of Defence Staff has been directed to immediately deploy more troops to these states for more effective internal security operations. The troops and other security agencies involved in these operations have orders to take all necessary action, within the ambit of their rules of engagement, to put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists.”
Stating the urgent need to protect the nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, Jonathan said while all efforts at persuasion and dialogue would continue, he was duty-bound to ensure the indivisibility of Nigeria as a country.
“These terrorists and insurgents seem determined to establish control and authority over parts of our beloved nation and to progressively overwhelm the rest of the country. In many places, they have destroyed the Nigerian flag and other symbols of state authority and in their place, hoisted strange flags suggesting the exercise of alternative sovereignty.
“They have attacked government buildings and facilities. They have murdered innocent citizens and state officials. They have set houses ablaze, and taken women and children as hostages. These actions amount to a declaration of war and a deliberate attempt to undermine the authority of the Nigerian state and threaten her territorial integrity. As a responsible government, we will not tolerate this,” he said.