Following the spate of insecurity across the country, the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd) on Thursday assured Nigerians that the 2023 general elections would hold and be held in a secured environment. He stated that the President, Major General Mohammodu Buhari (retd), has ordered the police and other security agencies to review their operational strategies and bring an end to the security challenges which posed a threat to the 2023 elections.
Muguno spoke at the opening of the workshop on election security management organized by the Nigerian Police Force, titled , ‘The 2023 General Elections: Enhancing National Security Capacity for a Secure and Credible Electoral Process in Nigeria’ He also said the 2023 election would be devoid of rigging and other forms of manipulation, adding that the outcome of the elections would be acceptable to the citizens.
He said, ‘‘I wish to assure you all of the determination of the president to bequeath a legacy of strong democratic institutions and values to our believeth nation. His commitment to hold a free, fair, credible, and secured election in 2023 is unwavering. He is firmly committed to delivering an election that is completely transparent which would command a general acceptance of Nigerians. This election as far as the president is concerned would be devoid of any rigging or manipulation. ‘‘In furtherance of this, the president has charged the military, the police and other security agencies to synergise and review their operational strategies and optimally deploy all their operational assets towards addressing current and evolving internal security threats ahead of the general elections. I have confidence that the presidential directives will be achieved and the 2023 election will be held peacefully in a stable and secure environment.”
The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakub, said in election preparations, deployment and implementation constitute the most extensive mobilization that could happen in a country, whether in peacetime or in wartime.