Goodluck Jonathan Declares Emergency In Nigeria States

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three states after a series of deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups.

The military will take “all necessary action” to “put an end to the impunity of insurgents and terrorists” in Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe, he said.

Mr Jonathan also ordered more troops to be sent to the north-eastern states.

Militants from Boko Haram have been blamed for most of the violence, which has left 2,000 people dead since 2010.

The Islamist group, whose name means “Western education is forbidden” in the local Hausa language, is fighting to overthrow the government and create an Islamic state in the north.
Nigeria – a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people – is also affected by a spate of conflicts over land, religion and oil.

In the latest violence, 53 people were killed and 13 villages burnt in central Nigeria’s Benue state on Tuesday.

The conflict, which started last week, is said to have been caused by a dispute over land ownership between cattle herders and farmers.

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3 Responses to Goodluck Jonathan Declares Emergency In Nigeria States

  1. bikini girl Reply

    May 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Good step in the right direction.

  2. Compos Mentis Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Can’t get past the fact that his name is “GoodLuck”.

    Better that they translate Good luck to Ibo or Hausa whatever his native tongue is.

  3. Toka Reply

    May 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    When we read about these things, Zambian should guard the peace God has given to this nation. Islam has no respect for life. Islamic believers will kill in the name of their religion.

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