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Emergency Rule: to be or not to be

Nigeria has been popular on various media platform in the days past as a result of the abduction of over 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, Borno State. What many people may not know is that Borno state has been in emergency military rule for a year now alongside Adamawa and Yobe states.

As one of the solutions to ending the era of terrorism in those states, the President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan instituted an emergency military rule on May 14th, 2013. And now, one year later, the President in a bid to tighten the net to hinder these terrorists and restore peace in those areas and in Nigeria in general has moved for the institution of Full Emergency Rule in the affected states. This entails that the governors and the governments of these states would be set aside and the military rule would become fully operational in these states.

But National Assembly is yet to rule on that. The matter has been tabled on both floors of the legislature with a majority seeming in favor of it. Most of the objections seem to be from the representatives of the affected areas.

The houses have called for the appearance of the Chiefs of Staff of the various military units – Army, Navy and Air force and other security agencies to advice on the implications of such decision. And also to give account of the progress of the past one year of military rule.

I don’t know what it’s like to live in those areas under heavy military presence but the residents clearly seem to be okay with it. They claim people are returning home after fleeing from the insurgents some months back and are currently living in relative peace. What then is the delay in making this full military rule a reality?

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4 thoughts on “Emergency Rule: to be or not to be

  1. I love the insight you are providing us, Coco! I’ve not yet heard anything about these developments.
    Would you find it agreeable that I reblog this post on my blog? 🙂

  2. Reblogged this on The BlaqWeasel Journals and commented:
    More thoughts from my baby on the most recent developments in her country.

    Thank you, my love. This is a most fascinating perspective.

    The most difficult thing for most Americans to relate to would, of course, be the rampant violence in the affected states. And having an understanding of that would be a prerequisite, I would think, to having an opinion on how we would feel to have a government-ordered military rule of our state or cities.

    In any case, here is my opinion: I suspect that the reluctance has to do with both pride and freedom. It is difficult, I’m sure, for the State leaders to surrender control. They probably are embarrassed that they cannot or have not handled things better themselves. Yet, if their people are being slaughtered, it seems appropriate to grin and bear it, swallow whatever pill is necessary to receive the assistance and protection that is so desperately, and so obviously, required.

    I cannot express how glad I am that you are not in the heart of this danger, my love. But it is still too close for comfort…

    1. Well, there’s talk of leaving the Democratic institutions in place. Just increased military presence. Not sure how that will work out but we’ll see.

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