The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to promptly hold a meeting with the leaders of the military to address issues of security before the general election.
The Situation Room, in a statement, yesterday, in Abuja, by its convener, Ene Obi, said that Nigerians will not accept any attempt to scuttle the conduct of the general elections, warning against interference with the elections as scheduled.
She explained that the meeting between the president and the service chiefs would assure Nigerians that the political class is capable of ensuring the safety of lives and property across the country.
Obi also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to do everything within its power to ensure that preparations and processes for the smooth conduct of the general elections remain seamless.
“The Situation Room expressed concern that security agencies have not effectively addressed the issues that have led to insecurity in the country. They warned that any threats to the 2023 General Elections could also pose significant national security risks and endanger the peace and stability of the nation. The people of Nigeria are looking forward to the opportunity to vote for a new government that can address past failures and unfulfilled promises, and guide the country towards unity and progress.”
“The Situation Room emphasized that with the presidential election approaching, it is crucial to increase the training of temporary staff to ensure they are properly familiarized with the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) before the election day. Additionally, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should increase voter education efforts by producing more awareness materials and disseminating them through mainstream and social media, as well as conducting physical sensitization campaigns. Voters need to be informed of voting guidelines, electoral offenses, and penalties, particularly the issue of “vote buying and selling” which has been a significant concern in recent elections, such as the 2022 governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states.”
Source: The Guardian