_A few days ago, we published “An Open Letter to President Jonathan in Regards Ongoing Terrorism within Nigeria”. It appears the President is heeding at least some of the suggestions contained in that letter (or, at least, is listening to advisers that agree with the letter's recommendations for arresting the scourge of domestic terrorism). The President is reported to have issued a “proclamation” declaring a state of emergency in parts of the country. Further, the verbiage of the “proclamation” is reported to be as follows:
1. Fellow Nigerians, it has become necessary to address you on recent events in some parts of the country that have threatened our collective security and shaken the foundations of our corporate existence as a nation.
2. You are all aware of the security challenges which the activities of the Boko Haram sect have foisted on the country. What began as sectarian crises in the North Eastern parts of the country has gradually evolved into terrorist activities in different parts of the country with attendant negative consequences on our national security.