The Federal Executive Council today resolved that the ceasefire agreement reached with a section of the Boko Haram group would not be enough for the government to end the emergency rule in the three states of Yobe, Adamawa and Borno.
The Minister of Special Duties, Barrister Tanimu Turaki, who spoke with journalists shortly after the weekly meeting of the FEC said the government would only declare an end to the emergency rule when it is satisfied with the state of security of the states.
Turaki said, “I think even with the declaration and announcement of ceasefire, I think the issue of the state of emergency will have to stay but in such a way and manner in which security agencies are fully satisfied that normalcy has been restored and that there is order and peace. Let us not forget the fact that with or without ceasefire, it is the serious and great responsibility of government to ensure that the lives and properties of law abiding Nigerians are protected wherever they are and in whatever circumstances.
“So, I think it is the situations that will begin to unfold themselves henceforth that will determine whether the security agencies on ground will relax the period of the curfew and then ultimately they will advise the appropriate authorities whether the need has arisen for the state of emergency to be removed but I think that is not for the committee”.