Public Lawyers Interest League Welcomes Jonathan’s Declaration of State of Emergency
The public Interest Lawyers League, a group of lawyers dedicated to protecting the interest of the public has said it welcomes the declaration of state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in three northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
The group in a statement by its president, Abdul Mahmud also applauded the bold and courageous steps taken by the President in confronting those who have held ordinary citizens down for too long.
Mr Mahmud said “Though the declaration, coming at the heels of the declaration of state of emergency in fifteen local government areas across the North-east of Nigeria almost two years now, came almost too late considering the insecurity challenges ordinary citizens contend with, it is however commendable of the President.”
He added that “the declaration of state of emergency by the President, which in the purview of Section 305 (2), (3) (c), (d) and (f) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) guarantees the President the powers to so declare, will allow our soldiers to gain footholds on those parts of our sovereign territory that have been seized by insurgents in Borno and Yobe states for instance.”
“We would however be disturbed if in discharging their combat remits, soldiers abuse the fundamental rights and liberties of citizens of states affected by the declaration as we have seen in Baga and Bama”. Mahmud said.
He raised concern over the possibility of the proclamation of emergency rule derogating or suspending the rights and liberties of citizens of the affected states and hope it doesn’t.
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