President Muhammadu Buhari ordered service chiefs to ensure that nothing prevents the Anambra state government election planned for November 6 from taking place.
Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd), National Security Adviser (NSA), revealed this during Thursday’s security meeting chaired by the president.
Monguno said that the order was issued in response to an alleged rise in attacks by banned Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
According to him,
“The President has ordered that nothing shall be permitted to obstruct the effective conduct of the elections. The populace has the right to vote and choose its leader.
“No organization or person will be permitted to incite anarchy and disorder, which will inevitably result in deadly activity. The president has made it very clear that the Armed Forces and all law enforcement agencies must ensure the polls go place, even if this means overwhelming the surrounding area with security forces.
“There are numerous implications for elections being sabotaged by non-state actors; first and foremost, we live in a democracy; secondly, it is critical to note that if these non-state actors succeed in destroying the prospects for orderly elections, it is natural that other parts of the country will seek to replicate this situation.”
Monguno said that the military has achieved many victories in the past two months in the battle against insurgency in the North East.
Maigari Dingyadi, the Minister of Police Affairs, who was also there, emphasized the police’s willingness to ensure peace in Anambra and across the nation.
Additionally, he said
“We discussed the Anambra gubernatorial election, which will take place on November 6th, and we want to reassure the people of Anambra State and all Nigerians that the government is dedicated to holding that election.”
“The election must be free and fair, and we will put in place all necessary safeguards to guarantee the safety of voters.” That is the only way to guarantee the country’s promotion of democracy and decent governance.”