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State of Emergency: PDP Lauds National Assembly


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Chuks Okocha 
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday applauded the National Assembly for the unanimous approval of the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States, despite pressure by some leaders of the opposition to the contrary.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, said in a statement that in endorsing the declaration, members of the National Assembly had once again demonstrated that national interest must at all times be placed higher and above partisan and sectional considerations.

“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commends the leadership and members of the National Assembly for adopting a patriotic stance on the declaration of state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States by the President despite pressure mounted on them by some opposition leaders to reject the action.

“The action of the National Assembly is highly commendable as the lawmakers have shown that national interest must not be abridged on the altar of partisan considerations. By supporting President Goodluck Jonathan’s decision, the National Assembly has played a major role in the overall effort to safeguard the territorial integrity of the nation as well as stop the mindless killing of innocent Nigerians in the troubled states,” the statement said.

The party also commended the Governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, and his Yobe State counterpart, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, emphasising that the retention of all political structures in the affected states attests to the patriotism of the President and his determination to ensure a stable democratic polity while rubbishing the accusation of political manipulation by the opposition.

The statement also pointed out that the declaration of a state of emergency in the affected states would help create the atmosphere needed for dialogue, paving the way for a smooth implementation of the amnesty already offered the Boko Haram sect by the government.

The party urged all Nigerians to continue to give support to the federal government in its unrelenting effort to check the activities of insurgents in the country.

Article Credit: Thisday Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago
 

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