Anambra State’s governorship election will not be hampered by separatist groups, according to the Federal Government.
National Security Advisor (NSA), Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Retd) stated this at the third quarterly meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja on Thursday.
The warning comes in the wake of some recent activities of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the Southeast part of the country.
Anambra State’s INEC headquarters was set ablaze by unidentified hoodlums in May, according to Daily Trust.
The police have accused IPOB of being responsible for the attacks, but the group has denied such allegations.
Mungono, represented by Sanusi Galadima, warned that government would not tolerate any group or individual disrupting the election.
“Given the prevalence of dissident separatist groups in the southern part of the country with a view to undermining the efforts of government to achieve national unity, the Federal Government of Nigeria will not tolerate any group or individual planning to impede smooth conduct of elections.”.
In acknowledging citizens’ rights to freely express legitimate grievances within the ambits of the law, he stated that the Federal Government would not abdicate its constitutional duty to protect lives and property, as well as a conducive environment for citizens to pursue their legitimate means of existence.
Therefore, he assured of robust deployments of security to counter any threats and ensure a peaceful election process.
In an earlier interview, INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmood Yakubu said the commission had made arrangements to replace the materials lost during the attack on its office in Akwa.
Moreover, he said there were plans to rebuild the physical facilities, which would be completed before the election.
We were attacked in our office in Awka, which resulted in extensive damage to the building and the destruction of critical election facilities, including ballot boxes, voting cubicles, vehicles, power generators, and several non-sensitive election materials. I am glad to report that we have made arrangement to replace all lost movable materials.
We are also rebuilding the physical facilities, which should be completed before the election,” Yakubu said.