Nigeria's Commander-in-Chief, Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly read the 'riot act' to the country's Service Chiefs ahead of the gubernatorial elections scheduled to take place in Anambra State on the 6th of November.
The President ordered the security chiefs to make sure that nothing stops the election from holding.
This order was confirmed by the country's National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno during a press briefing with State House correspondents after Buhari had met with the Service Chiefs at the presidential villa on Thursday.
Buhari and the Service Chiefs. Image Credit: The PUNCH.
He noted that the President had insisted that under no circumstance will anything or anyone be allowed to stop the elections from taking place successfully, adding that the people have a right to vote for a leader of their choice.
Monguno also disclosed that Buhari made it very clear that the armed forces and law enforcement agencies must make sure that the elections take place, even if it means overwhelming the entire state with the presence of combat-ready security operatives.
According to him, the implications of allowing elections to be sabotaged by non-state actors are quite strong, especially for the country's democracy.
"There are so many implications for elections to be sabotaged by non-state actors. In the first place, we are in a democracy;
secondly, it is important to note the if these non-state actors should succeed in destroying the potentials for orderly elections, then it is natural that other parts of the country would also want to copy this same situation," Monguno said.
President Muhammadu Buhari's order is coming on the heels of the reports that the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba Alkali had disclosed that he plans to deploy over 30,000 police operatives to Anambra to ensure the success of the November 6 governorship elections in the state.
This was in response to the recent outbreak of violence and attacks by unknown gunmen who continue to disrupt political gatherings, as well as the killing of some high-profile politicians in the state.
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