Gist: Lets Talk Security - President Jonathan Invites all Governors for Security Talk  (Read 2006 times)

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President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday hold an enlarged security meeting with the 36 state governors to review the security situation in Nigeria and proffer possible solutions.

The meeting is coming nine days after the bomb blast at Nyanya Motor Park, in Abuja.

Seventy-five persons were killed while over 120 were injured in the attack by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram.

The meeting will also look at the ongoing national security measures and operations with a view to determining the best way forward.

Last Thursday, the president held a similar meeting with governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governors of other party except those of the All Progressive Congress (APC).

Governors of the APC had accused the presidency of side-lining the party in a meeting it said should have been broad based since the issue of security was of national interest.

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the Federal Government against any plan to remove governors of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states.

This came as the party said consequences of any plan to extend emergency rule in the three North-East states where there is insurgency may not be in the interest of people meant to be protected or that of the country.

Speaking with journalists after the conduct of APC Kwara State congress in Ilorin, at the weekend, the interim national publicity secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said “you can’t fight insurgency without democratic structure in place.

“The extension of emergency rule is between the president and the National Assembly. The president cannot declare emergency rule without securing two-third majority of the National Assembly and there are certain issues to be considered by the National Assembly before it would grant the extension.

“What is more worrisome is the call by some people to the effect that some democratic structures in the states should be dismantled and the governors sacked. The question is when and how did governors become impediment to fighting insurgency?



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