President Muhammadu Buhari had a National Security Council meeting with Security Chiefs yesterday Thursday 18th October 2018.
This is coming after the Security Chief raised concerns about the proliferation of arms by politicians to cause mayhem. They described it as “notable personalities” plans to manipulate and put pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) through street demonstrations that could be hijacked by hoodlums and miscreants.
At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali read a statement with the recommendations that security agencies deploy personnel to states ahead of the polls and to douse the tension created by recent rancorous political party primaries. (Vanguard News)
The Minister’s statement reads;
“The meeting started by discussing the general overview of the security situation in the country as it relates to the conduct of the forthcoming 2019 general elections.”
“It recommended deployment of security agencies to the states to enable elections to be conducted peacefully and to further douse the tension created by the outcome of the political parties primaries and some desperate persons to sabotage the electoral process.”
“The meeting also discussed an attempt to put pressure on the electoral body by some notable personalities through demonstrations which was brought under control by combined efforts of security agencies to avoid being hijacked by hoodlums and armed bandits.”
“Another area of security concern includes postelection violence as desperate politicians may whip up ethnoreligious sentiments to create a security situation in the country.
“Also of concern is the proliferation and stockpiling of weapons by some disgruntled elements with a desire to take laws into their hands at the slightest opportunity.
“The Council called for the concerted effort of all security agencies to ensure that the 2019 elections are hitch-free and the need for continuous sensitization of the public by National Orientation Agency and regular meetings of relevant stakeholders, including INEC, international/local observers and the media ahead of the elections.”
“The Inspector of General of Police spoke to State House Correspondents after the meeting saying that the security agencies to be deployed for the 2019 General elections will be “neutral and non-partisan”.
The meeting was in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Credit: Vanguard News