Nigerian Senate approves State of Emergency

Senate chamber

The Senate unanimously approved the declaration.

The Senate on Tuesday approved the State of Emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe States.

The 100 senators present unanimously approved the president’s declaration at a session of the whole house.

The Senate had earlier gone for closed door session to debate the matter. At the end of the closed door session, the committee of the whole Senate unanimously approved Mr. Jonathan’s declaration; with none of the senators present opposing it.

Only 72 senators were required (two-thirds of the Senate) for the approval.

The House of Representatives is now required to approve the declaration by two-thirds of its members.

Details later…


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  • Gena Lubem

    This is a sign of unity of purpose. Nigeria belongs to all of us and nobody under any political affiliation has the right to look the other way and pretend as if the security challenge the country is facing is an exclusive problem to President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP.
    With this development, i want to believe that the relationship between between the NASS and Executive is now further cemented.