Keyamo Backs State Of Emergency Declaration

Reactions have started to trail the nationwide broadcast by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday in which he expressed his anger over the endless bloodshed in some northern states, and declaring a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

Lending his support to the President’s action, prominent lawyer, Festus Keyamo, says the decision was long overdue, adding that the activities of the insurgents had left President Jonathan with no other choice than to take the step he has taken.

“The declaration of a State of Emergency by President Goodluck Jonathan in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States as a result of months of ceaseless bloodshed and carnage by insurgents is a step that has long been overdue. The bloodletting in these states left the President with no other option but to take this extraordinary step. This step must be appreciated in the light of the refusal of the insurgents to even dialogue with the Federal Government,” Mr. Keyamo explained in a press statement.

Mr. Keyamo added that the protection of lives and properties all citizens lies primarily with the government and it is also the responsibility of the same government to find solution to any threat to peace, warning that the Federal Government should not politicise the state of emergency on these states.

The human rights activist maintained that the president was right in not suspending the governors in the respective states as nothing in the constitution in Section 305 of the amended 1999 Constitution states that the President has the power to suspend the governors.

He urged the President to make his actions legitimate by following the amended 1999 Constitution, section 305 to the latter and order the return of the troops to the barracks once peace is restored in the affected states.

“We all owe it a duty to assist government to restore law and order in the country. It is for our overall benefit,” Mr. Keyamo stated.

Judiciary lacks proper funding –NBA President

The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Okey Wali (SAN) has called on the Federal Government to ensure proper funding of the judiciary as it is discovered that the budgetary appropriation for the arm of government has been on the decrease for several years now while that of other arms of government is on the increase.

The national president of the Nigeria bar association pointed this out during the association’s national executive meeting held in Asaba, Delta state to deliberate on issues concerning its internal association as well as other issues affecting the nation.

“To have a modern judiciary for a modern justice delivery system which is very key for a modern society, there must be adequate funds”

In his welcome address, Okey Wali gave a statistics of the downward decline of the budgetary appropriation of the judiciary, that in 2009, the judiciary got 78 billion, 91 billion in 2010,95 billion in 2011,75 billion in 2012 and 67 billion in 2013.

Meanwhile the host of the national executive meeting, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in Delta state, Hon Charles Ajuyah (SAN) opined that the association is undoubtedly one that makes a difference in the lives of Nigerians, as legal and social issues will be taken into considerations during his meeting.

Addressing all present, the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan pointed narrated how his administration had been able to tactically reinforce the judicial system by bringing in one of their greatest critic to serve as the legal adviser to the state who has served as a bridge between the government and the legal system.

The meeting was attended by members of the state executive council and other members of the Nigeria Bar Association form various states all over the nation.