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Adamawa residents react to proposed extension of emergency rule

Also speaking in the same vein, Abdullahi Damare, Coordinator of North East Interfaith Mediation Centre, said it was high time the emergency rule was lifted. He said the security situation in the state had improved to the extentthat the emergency rule was no longer necessary.

President Goodluck Jonathan on November 6 wrote to the National Assembly seeking its approval to extend the emergency rule imposed on the three states experiencing the activities of insurgents.

The Adamawa Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Moses Taparki, also lauded the return of peace and normalcy in the state.

Mr. Sajoh said the security situation in every state involved in the emergency rule regime would determine suitability of lifting the rule
in that state. “We want the National Assembly to treat the case of each state based on merit. They should look at the situation in each state before taking their decision,” Mr. Sajoh said.

“I am not happy with the proposed extension of state of emergency, it should be removed while the army should remain to patrol the area,” Mr. Ardo said.

He, however, said it was the duty of the security agencies to decide if things were normal enough to lift the emergency rule.
“If they (security) feel the situation has improve to warrant the removal of the state of emergency they should go ahead to do it but if
they feel otherwise so be it”, Mr. Taparki said.

President Goodluck Jonathan has asked the National Assembly to extend the emergency rule.
The proposed extension of State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states by President Goodluck Jonathan was on Thursday greeted with mixed feeling by the people of Adamawa.

Also speaking, the Adamawa Secretary of Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI), Gambo Jika, said he was delighted that peace had returned to the
state. “As far as we are concerned in Adamawa, things have normalised except if there are certain things the security agencies see that we cannot see,” Mr. Jika said.

Meanwhile, the Adamawa State Government has opposed the extension of the emergency rule. In a statement by the Director Press Affairs to Governor Murtala Nyako, Ahmed Sajoh, the state said rather than a blanket extension, the security agencies should consider the security situation on state-by-state basis.

He, however, said he would want to see the emergency rule lifted for so that people, particularly the border communities, could go about their daily activities.

The letter followed the expiration of the six months emergency rule earlier declared in the states in May. Buba Ardo, a resident of Mubi, told the News Agency of Nigeria that he was happy with the return of peace to the area.

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