Nigeria declares state of emergency

January 2nd, 2012 by James

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency on Saturday in parts of Nigeria plagued by a violent Islamist insurgency. The President also ordered shutting down the borders with Cameroon, Chad, and Niger in the northeast.

Nigeria declares state of emergency

Jonathan told state television the measures would aim to restore security in troubled parts of Nigeria’s north.

“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,” he said.

“The crisis has assumed a terrorist dimension,” Jonathan said. “I therefore urge the political leadership (in northern local governments) to give maximum cooperation to ensure that the situation is brought under control.”

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