May 15 - A cautious welcome for a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in three states in response to an Islamist insurgency. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
A state of emergency is declared for three states in Nigeria. The Islamist sect Boko Haram has intensified attacks in its northeast stronghold this month, prompting the government to say enough. Political scientist Derin Ologbenla (SOUNDBITE) (English) POLITICAL SCIENTIST AND ANALYST, DERIN OLOGBENLA, SAYING: "These people have gone beyond the pale of reason and for me and for majority of Nigerians, enough is enough, and I think the President has also reached that state of mind that these guys are not going to be treated with kids gloves and the military have to come in." The Boko Haram insurgency has cost thousands of lives and destabilised Africa's top energy producing nation since 2009.