President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, citing insecurity. Jonathan said Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states will receive more army troops, though he stressed that despite the state of emergency, politicians in the three states would remain in their posts. He said that troops would receive orders to demolish any building they suspected of housing Islamic extremists. President Jonathan said:
What we are facing is not just militancy or criminality, but a rebellion and insurgency by terrorist groups which pose a very serious threat to national unity and territorial integrity. These actions amount to a declaration of war. We will hunt them down, we will fish them out, and we will bring them to justice,
Last week, the president had to cut short a trip to South Africa to deal with the growing violence. Borno and Yobe are controlled by the ANPP while the ruling PDP controls Adamawa.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Governors Forum, yesterday, rejected any planned declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and other troubled states. The governors stated this in a statement by their Chairman, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, on Monday. They advised the federal government to reject any advice to make such a declaration in the troubled states. “These requests are being made by people who do not wish our country well and who are bent on plunging the country into a deeper crisis,” the governors said.