Nigeria president seeks state of emergency extension

AFP , Wednesday 6 Nov 2013

Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan asked lawmakers on Wednesday to extend a state of emergency declared in the northeast in May for an additional six months, saying the Islamist insurgency had not yet been contained.

In a letter to senators from the upper house of parliament seen by AFP, Jonathan asked to extend "the state of emergency by a further period of six months with effect from 12 November, 2013" as "security challenges still exist".

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