The Senate on Tuesday gave its approval to the state of emergency declared in three states in the North Eastern part of Nigeria by President Goodluck Jonathan last week. Since the declaration of the emergency rule in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, soldiers have been battling terrorists in order to rid the region of destructive activities of the Boko Haram sect.
The Senate President had announced last week that the Senate would debate the issue on Tuesday and urged all members to be at the session. Only 9 Senators were absent at the sitting and the decision of the upper legislative arm was reached via a voice vote which was conducted behind closed doors.
The senators voted unanimously to approve the official gazette of the state of emergency in the 3 states as transmitted ti the Senate by the President. Without the National Assembly’s approval, the state of emergency would be unconstitutional.
After the voting, the Senate President announced, “we therefore approve Mr President’s request for a declaration of state of emergency. We must emphasize very emphatically that all democratic structures must be left in place and they must be allowed to operate fully and actively and they must also be involved in all the effort of the Federal Government to bring this ugly trend to an end “.