HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY
The Nigerian House of Representatives has voted in favour of an extension of the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states by 6 months. This follows unabated insurgency by Boko Haram in these states, especially Borno. During a session presided over by speaker Aminu Tambuwal, the house voted overwhelmingly in favour of the extension in a voice vote. The house had earlier met with the nation’s military chiefs, who had given insight into the current state of events. The senate however deferred its decision on the president’s request until Tuesday, 20th of May. The deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu presided over the sitting in the absence of the senate president, David Mark, who is on a visit to China.
The current state of emergency will expire on Monday, 19th of May. The president had, in a televised broadcast on the 14th of May 2013, declared a 12 month state of emergency which had restricted the terrorist activities to Borno state. However, the recent kidnap of over 200 school girls in Chibok as well as the bomb attacks on the out skirt of the nation’s capital has raised concerns over the efficacy of the state of emergency. Some senators from the affected states had expressed their objection to the state of emergency. It is uncertain if the senate will toe the line of the House of Representatives.