The speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal has convened a special session of the House of Representatives to consider President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to extend the current state of emergency imposed in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states over the security challenge in the three states.
In a statement personally signed by him and made available to SundiataPost, Tambuwal in reconvening the House that is currently on vacation, said: “On Tuesday, 18th November 2014, I received a communication from the President,Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, requesting for the extension of the existing State of Emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States by the House of Representatives.
“Pursuant to the powers conferred on me by Section 305 ( 2 ) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, which requires me to “forthwith convene or arrange a meeting of the House” and in order to treat the extension before the expiration of the current State of Emergency in accordance with Section 305 (6) (c) of the Constitution, I hereby reconvene the House of Representatives, currently on Recess”.
The session is to hold on Thursday, November 20 at 11am and the only agenda is “Consideration of Mr President’s request for extension of the existing State of Emergency.”
Tambuwal had adjourned proceedings till December 3 at the last sitting after he announced that he had decamped to the opposition All Peoples Congress (APC).