Nigeria President declares state of emergency in parts of northern region

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Nigeria’s President declares state of emergency in parts of northern region

Special to USAfricaonline.com,  the USAfrica-powered e-groups of  Nigeria360,  UNNalumni, and CLASSmagazine Houston

Nigeria President declares state of emergency in parts of northern region

USAfrica, Houston: Sandwiched by the potential for a dangerous religious war and ethnically complicated conflict, Nigeria’s embattled President Goodluck Jonathan has declared, a few minutes ago today Saturday December 31, 2011, a state of emergency on some local governments of northern Nigeria where factions of the radical and violent Islamic group Boko Haram have left a trail of blood and wreckage.

The President said that “I have in the exercise in the powers conferred on me … declared a state of emergency in the following parts of the federation…. Terrorism is a war against all of us. I call on all Nigerians to join hands with government to fight these terrorists.”

He added Nigeria’s northern neighbors -especially should note that “The temporary closure of our borders in the affected areas is only an interim measure designed to address the current security challenges and will be resumed as soon as normalcy is restored”, — an apparent reference to the December 25, 2011 Christmas Day bombings of churches by the Boko Haram.

The President has come under criticisms for what many Nigerians considered his  inadequate and non-satisfactory handling of the security problems facing the country of about 160 million people.

USAfrica is reliably informed from a source in the Presidency in Abuja that President Jonathan will reshuffle and remove some key members of his security team, this January 2012.

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 Summary: IF any of the Nigerian President’s 100 advisers has the polite courage for the extraordinary task of reminding His Excellency of his foremost, sworn, constitutional obligation to the national interest about security and safety of Nigerians and all who sojourn in Nigeria, please whisper clearly to Mr. President that I said, respectfully: Nigerians, at home and abroad, are still concerned and afraid for living in what I call Nigeria’s Federal Republic of Insecurity       FULL text of commentary at USAfricaonline.com                                           https://usafricaonline.com/2011/12/17/nigeria-federal-republic-of-insecurity-by-chido-nwangwu/

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Related insight: USAfrica’s October 17, 2001 special report/alert: Nigeria’s bin-Laden cheerleaders could ignite religious war, destabilize Africa. By USAfrica’s Publisher Chido Nwangwuhttps://usafricaonline.com/chido.binladennigeria.html

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Nigeria President declares state of emergency in parts of northern region