The House of Representatives will reconvene on Thursday to hold a special session on the extension of emergency rule in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States by President Goodluck Jonathan.
A meeting of the House leadership presided over by the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday endorsed the special session.
Tambuwal confirmed the reconvening in a statement he signed on Tuesday evening.
Part of the statement reads, “On Tuesday, 18th November 2014, I received a communication from the President, Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, requesting for the extension of the existing State of Emergency in Adamawa , Borno and Yobe States by the House of Representatives.
“Pursuant to the powers conferred on me by Section 305 ( 2 ) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, which requires me to ‘forthwith convene or arrange a meeting of the House’ and in order to treat the extension before the expiration of the current State of Emergency in accordance with Section 305 (6) (c) of the Constitution, I hereby reconvene the House of Representatives, currently on Recess.”
The statement added that the session will be held on Thursday by 11am.
The Chairman, House Committee on Rules/Business, Mr. Albert Sam-Tsokwa, also told reporters that a decision on the special session had been taken.
“Now, they (leadership) have resolved that the House should reconvene on Thursday to consider the extension of emergency rule,” he stated.
House Spokesman, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, also confirmed that a meeting of the House leadership had approved the special session.
“There is going to be special session on the emergency rule on Thursday.
“The Speaker’s office will convey a statement on the reconvening shortly,” Mohammed said a few minutes before Tambuwal’s statement came out.
Before the latest development, Mohammed earlier said that the plenary of the House would remain closed till December 3.