Many people have their eyes set on the coming governorship election in Anambra State as various political parties gear up for the epic clash.
One thing many Nigerians will not forget in a hurry was the initial threat by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, that a state of emergency may be declared in the state if the security challenges and attacks by unknown gunmen continue ahead of the poll. Malami's threat raised concerns among many stakeholders even as it made many others angry including Governor Willie Obiano. But, President Muhammadu Buhari gave Obiano some assurances after the Governor met him in view of Malami's threat. To make good his promise, Buhari has been doing two major things ahead of the election. This article will discuss them.
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First, he is doing things that will promote free and fair elections. During his meeting with Obiano, Buhari assured the Governor that the federal government led by him will not interfere with the election. Buhari also ruled out declaring state of emergency after Malami's statement in that regard. Most importantly, Buhari vowed to do everything to ensure that Anambra people are free to choose who will lead them.
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In view of this, the Buhari's government has provided the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, funds and other logistics support needed to conduct a free and fair election. Despite attacks on INEC's facilities in Anambra by unknown gunmen, the affected facilities have be replaced to enable the commission to deliver. Buhari has also ensured that he or agencies of the federal government do not interfere with the process by maintaining neutrality as confirmed by an organ of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra called Media Warriors ahead of the election.
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Second, Buhari has been helping Obiano to improve security in Anambra ahead of the election. This is the second vital thing Buhari is doing in the state after assuring Obiano that he would assist him to improve security in Anambra ahead of the crucial election. Before now, security threats were at an all time high in Anambra. Attacks, shootings, killings were almost everyday occurrences in the state to the extent that people were scared of going out freely. Political activities were affected greatly and people were scared of attending political meetings or engaging in campaigns.
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But, Buhari ordered the police and other security agencies to beef up security in Anambra to restore peace in the state. The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Usman Baba Alkali, changed the then Commissioner of Police in Anambra, Tony Olofu and appointed a new one, Echeng Echeng. The IGP also deployed special forces to the state and increased the number of police posts. The Nigerian Army also launched the Operation Golden Dawn in the South East and ensured that there is good military presence in Anambra. All these measures have helped to make things calmer in Anambra as the election day approaches.
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