Today in Surulere, Lagos, a situation that is expected to be peaceful has become anything but. A thug was captured on video threatening the electorate to vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC) or go home without casting their votes for their preferred candidate.
The identity of the thug remains unknown, but he was heard saying that Surulere and its surroundings are only meant to vote for APC and that no other party has a right to cast their votes there. He also said that no one was forcing people to come and vote, and that he expected his preferred candidate to be voted in.
The people around him appeared to remain calm and continued casting their votes without fear. The situation has been reported to the authorities, who are working to identify and apprehend the thug.
The occurrence today in Surulere has raised the red flag for the safety and security of the electorate in Lagos, and other parts of Nigeria. In Nigeria, citizens have the right to cast their votes without fear of intimidation or harm. Such behavior is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
The Nigerian government must ensure that such occurrences are nipped in the bud and that the citizens can exercise their right to vote without fear. It is also important that such perpetrators are brought to justice and made to face the full wrath of the law.
It is also critical to note that such occurrences are becoming increasingly common in Nigeria, and this could have a huge impact on the outcome of the elections. Likewise, it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that all citizens are free to cast their votes without fear of intimidation or harm.
The government must ensure that the electoral process is free and fair, and that it is conducted in a safe and secure environment.
Video link: https://twitter.com/saharareporters/status/1629460360037117954?s=46&t=YXP5siyIb5BYK0-7sjfHrw
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