Nigerian President Declares Emergency In Violent Zones

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in parts of the country following bloody attacks from the Islamist group Boko Haram.

Emergency declared zones are the areas of the Yobe and Borno states in the north-east, Plateau state in central Nigeria and Niger state in the east. International borders in the affected areas have also been temporarily closed to “crush” Boko Haram.

Announcing the state of emergency in a live televised address, President said: “The temporary closure of our borders in the affected areas is only an interim measure designed to address the current security challenges.”

He also announced that he had given the special instructions to his chief of defence staff to take “appropriate” measures to crush the militancy across the country. He emphasized on the creation of special counter-terrorism force in Nigeria.

Boko Haram is considered to be involved in Christmas bombings and creating religious tensions in the country.

Some analysts said the Christmas bombings marked a dangerous escalation in a country divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominantly Christian south.