Obasanjo Re-imposes state of emergency on Ekiti State [April 18, 2007]

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TILL MAY 29, 2007

April 18, 2007

I am, once again, constrained to address the nation on an issue that presents a clear danger of possible breakdown of public order and public safety in a part of the country.

You will recall that gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections took place nationwide last Saturday, April 14th 2007. While the exercise was peaceful in some states, the situation in Ekiti State can hardly be said to have been so as the state has been characterised by acts of violence and mayhem allegedly instigated by an impeached governor of the state and some disgruntled elements who are bent on taking the state on the road to perdition and destruction.

The situation in Ekiti State, which has severely tasked law enforcement agents, is still smouldering and if not resolutely checked now, could snowball into a complete state of anarchy and lawlessness that could spread to neighbouring states. Given the threat which this unacceptable situation presents to our democratic consolidation process and our collective will as a nation, this state of affairs cannot be allowed to persist.

The time to save Ekiti State and, indeed, our nation is now. Law, order and good governance which the people of Ekiti State have enjoyed in the last six months under the administrator must be preserved. Considering that the ongoing electoral process has necessitated the National Assembly to go on recess, it is not possible to seek an extension of the Ekiti State Administrator’s mandate which should have been in place before the expiration of the six month period.

In view of the gravity of the situation therefore, and by virtue of Section 305 of the 199 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I hereby declare a State of Emergency in Ekiti State. This declaration has been published in a Federal Gazette as of today.

The Administrator, in the person of Brigadier General Tunji Olurin (rtd), is hereby nominated to continue to be in charge of the affairs of Ekiti State until May 29, 2007. The Federal Gazette containing the Declaration has been forwarded to the National Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.


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